There is no system in the world like the lunch delivery system in Mumbai. A mere 5,000 dabbawalas handle several hundred thousand metal containers each day on foot, on bikes and on trains. Realizing that such a system could never be implemented on the same scale in another city, Share Your Bag draws inspiration from Mumbai, but it doesn't attempt to create another organized delivery service.
On the metro, on buses, on bikes or walking - almost everybody carries a bag or briefcase to work. Share Your Bag wants people to share their bag and a little bit of time to assist their neighbors by delivering their item near their workplace and be rewarded with additional happiness and meaning for their commute.
The Share Your Bag universal iOS app pushes nearby available delivery items to users, allowing them to see information about where each delivery is going in relation to their route to work and tracking at pickup and delivery through the use of QR codes. The app is organized into five tabs with an initial account creation window:
- Today, a welcome screen showing available items and time remaining before normal departure time
- Available, a map view showing available item locations near the user with route to delivery destination
- Scan Item, which scans the item's QR code and updates the item's tracking with additional geolocation data
- Send Item, allows the user to send their own items with a form and QR encoder
- Delivered view shows the user how many items they have delivered for that month and a chart with previous month totals.
This app has been populated with realistic, offline data and does not have a working backend system. A backend system would handle proximity calculations for nearby items, notifications for new items, and updates for item status. All forms will accept changes, but those changes will have no effect on other functions. 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 new items with push notifications and allow for handsfree item selection.