The inspiration came when we considered the modes of transport for school children to school in the SEA region. Currently, there is no mode of transport that guarantees the safety of children being sent to school. School buses may not go to service routes where families live or be able to drop students directly outside their house due to small roads and tight corners. Moreover, there are no proper verification process for drivers using current ride-sharing apps.
What it does
The app allows parents to choose from a list of available drivers operating within the vicinity. The drivers can fetch up to 3 kids within one journey and this app optimizes the route for them.
How we built it
The back-end is coded in python, optimizing the route and estimating arrival time through the Google Map API. The front-end is done in React Native.
Challenges we ran into
1) A major roadblock included establishing the right network connections, e.g. the REACT Native App had problems connecting to the server and getting the appropriate server responses. 2) Using Google Maps API retrieved huge blocks of information - a substantial amount of time was consumed filtering out the needed parts. 3) From a commercial standpoint, there were lack of direct and solid evidence for market validations and we had to make a few assumptions along the way.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We've built a MVP that receives multiple location coordinates and optimizes the travel route to minimize travel time for the driver.
What we learned
The transport industry in SEA, market size of the higher-end vehicles in Malaysia, using the google API, etc.
What's next for SkoolDriver
Outlining a thorough screening process to ensure that school kids using this service are in safe hands.