Over 8 million passengers fly daily, totalling to over 3 billion in a given year. While a plane trip can span hundreds, or thousands of miles, sometimes that last mile – from the airport to your hotel, or home – is the most annoying.
We wanted to make that last mile a bit easier for you.
What it does
Connects passengers on the same flight by setting up ride sharing for people going from the airport to a similar destination.
Users load a companion app powered by Panasonic Avionics on their personal device (or on the in-flight entertainment system), which can start a request to search for ride shares with other passengers.
How we built it
We built an Android app, integrating with Panasonic Avionics' and MapQuest's Android SDK.
Challenges we ran into
For the hackathon, the Panasonic Avionics API was understandably returning static data, since they were simulating a flight. This made it difficult to demo a multi-passenger demo, so we ended up having to hard-code some stuff (we called the API under the hood as proof of concept, but had to essentially drop the data on the floor and hardcode our own)
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Fully functional Android UI with slick UI and transitions!
What we learned
There are lots of privacy considerations to take into account if we were to launch this. Exposing other passenger's addresses ahead of time could be problematic, and we'd have to semi-anonymize things.
What's next for Last Mile Club
Win TCD?! :D