An app that connects people with similar commutes to school/work in order to make carpooling easier and more accessible.
By Aditya Ohri and Frank Ye
Air pollution and traffic are two common problems that have arose in the past few decades, with a rapid increase in the number of cars on the road. A viable solution to this is carpooling, especially during your daily commutes, but this option simply isn't used by too many, mainly because it's often inconvenient and inaccessible. That's why we created a platform to connect users to others with similar commutes, in order to facilitate easier and more accessible carpooling.
What our solution does
Our solution is an app, where the user enters his/her details including home address, workplace, and the radius in which he/she is willing to find a carpool companion. The app engine filters users that meet these requirements (the distance from the user's and potential match's start and endpoints must be within the given radius) and presents potential matches to the user. The user can then connect with these matches and hopefully start carpooling!
How it was created
Challenges we faced
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're pretty proud of what we accomplished in 24 hours, as despite all the technical setbacks, we were able to get a functioning app demo to work. Even though the technical challenge of developing the solution was significantly higher than we originally anticipated, this demo is very close to our original design and planned features. We believe this is a creative and useful solution that can solve the underlying problems that too many cars on the road have caused.
What we learned
What's next for ViaPool
We envision a future in which ViaPool will be used by people across the globe for convenient access to sustainable transportation.