Inspiration

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.

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