"We’re all walking around with plastic. Even the solutions that are out there, you’re fumbling, you’re finding the app to open. You’re then authenticating in some way. It’s a kludge. It’s really awful." - Tim Cook
Most commuters have a single route they take to and from work, and they are unaware of traffic jams or service disruptions before they leave. In cities like Chongqing, where a commuter might use three or more modes of transportation services, each mode might require a different payment causing the commuter the occasional fumble. Chongqing CityPass is a universal iOS app that uses a combination of location-aware routing and tokenization to reduce commute time.
Chongqing CityPass has been designed around two core functions: mapping and payments.
The map function uses highly accurate OpenStreetMaps data from Mapbox that has been corrected for the Chinese offset. The map displays current user location and two routes by default for the commuter, in this case metro and cable car routing. Using geofencing and iBeacons, the app would notify the user when approaching pay stations. The user could also choose to be notified about potential route disruptions with new routes pushed automatically to the app.
The payments function has been implemented in two different methods allowing the user a choice in their preferred payment method. Tokenized QR codes provide a one-time use payment which would be ready when the commuter reaches each pay station regardless of the transport type. Apple Passbook passes would allow the commuter to prepay their commute services based on usage or a total amount. Both the QR codes and Passbooks would be updated for Apple Pay when it is available to further minimize payment time and increase payment security.
Chongqing CityPass - One pass for all city transportation services.
App note: This app has been populated with realistic, offline data and does not have a working backend system. A backend system would handle creation of one-time use QR payment codes, time-allotted Passbook passes, and route updates. Other social functions and gamification would be added before the app is publicly released. A future Android version of this app would use Ford’s OpenXC platform to extend the app to in-vehicle interfaces without distraction. Using a mobile data connection, the OpenXC-equipped app could safely alert the user to route delays and updates with push notifications.