Picture this: you’re a young woman, and you’ve recently just moved to a new city. You’re excited to have new experiences, explore your new home, etc., but there’s one thing that’s stopping you: you’re worried about your personal safety.
We speak beyond our personal experiences here, and we believe there exists a real need for young women and people walking alone. For this problem, we introduce to you, SmartWalk!
What it does
SmartWalk evaluates the safest pathway to your next destination using the Inrix routing API and real data from the San Francisco Police Department.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We successfully used the Inrix Routing API to get routes from a starting point to ending point, which we’re proud of because we didn't have prior experience calling APIs and using asynchronous functions. We’re proud of finding another solution to figuring out safety ratings when our efforts towards the Inrix APIs went south. It was challenging to convert the San Francisco crime information in a usable format for our program, since there was no API we could use for this set of data. We found a .csv file that we had to convert to a JSON and figure out how to parse it for relevant information, and were successful in finding the list of crimes that happened at certain points along a route.
What we learned
What's next for SmartWalk
First, we hope to fully integrate the TradeAreaTrips API so that it produces the correct count of the number of cars passing by a certain area (given the parameters we enter). Then, we hope to incorporate an API built for primarily routing pedestrian pathways in order to make our pathways more accurate.