We wanted to take on a challenge by analyzing big data. The taxi challenge seemed interesting and practical, and the "Day in the life of a taxi" animation inspired us to create a cool visualization as well.
What it does
The Taxi Calculator allows the user to input their pickup destination, dropoff destination, and time of departure. With this, the program uses a database of past taxi cab rides to give a time estimate, fare estimate, and maps the route on Google Maps.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
We had challenges in retrieving GPS coordinate values from the marker location. Another major challenge is the size of the data -- because there is so much data, it takes a long time to search the database and return fare and time values.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud of our front-end UI and of working through problems.
What we learned
We learned Google Maps API and developed in some languages unfamiliar to some of us.
What's next for Taxi Calculator
Finishing the project and getting it to work through the last bug of returning null values for fare. Getting it to work through the data faster. Making fare and distance calculated from the data more accurate. Linking to functional taxi calls. Possibly adding in more visualization features.