The problem is, there are too many cars on the road with just one person in them. If I can get more people into one car, than that reduces the number of cars on the road, which reduces traffic and pollution. I have thought about this problem for years now, but only recently, when I saw a flyer at my sister's college, during a visiting weekend, and the flyer was a student looking for anyone going to their same town, so they could get a ride there.
What it does
Ryde is an app that gets you a ride, but it is for carpooling, and you don’t have to pay anything to use it; unlike some of the other taxi apps which require you to pay their driver.
How we built it
Using MIT App Inventor 2 to make the app, and using the provided Lenovo Yoga Tablet and Moto Z Phone for the actual hardware running the app.
Challenges we ran into
The Moto Z Phone did not have a USB cable, just a wall plug, so I couldn't connect it over USB to the computer to do any live building, and the school computers didn't have the companion app for the Lenovo Yoga Tablet. I eventually found the program online (AI2 Ultimate Portable), and ran it off of a USB.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
The hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines) on the main screen, that required a long amount of time, since I had to build the QR code for the .apk file every time I wanted to test the menu... I made the database automatically clear out any Ryde requests from previous days so that the list does not just infinitely stack up.
What we learned
I learned how to make, use, and interact with an online database, Fusion Table V2 is what I used. Time management skills to make sure I hit my goals and kept on working.
What's next for Ryde
Next, I would add a rating system, and a tipping system; still keeping it free to use, just allowing you to tip your driver or to tip your passenger.