Compartaxi
Description
It is an application for any smartphone or mobile device connecting people in the same area to share taxi fares to the same destination.
This service optimises the use that citizens make of the taxi service in the city:

● It reduces the average expenditure made by each user.

● It promotes the use of taxis by attracting new users who want to avoid using other transport systems but cannot spend a large amount of money on using taxis regularly.

● It reduces the number of vehicles on the road, lowering CO2 emissions.

● It increases social interaction as it shares a solution between people with a shared need.

Who?

MANAGERS: a private company linked to a range of taxi associations or companies.
RECEIVERS: users who have joined the system and who wish to share the taxi service with other people in the same area who are going to the same destination. A wide range of users will take advantage of the service: travellers who arrive at the airport, train or bus station, those who are returning from a night out, liberal professionals who wish to reduce their monthly expenditure on this kind of journey, and young people whose spending power does not allow them to use taxis regularly.
How does it work? Development


Registered users log into the system and enter their destination.
The application shows on the screen a map of the area and the “Compartaxi” users who have requested a destination through the app.
The users shown have access to information on other users, such as a photograph, a rating and feedback by other users who have shared a service before.
The user selects his or her taxi companion and sends a request. If it is accepted, the app suggests an optimum meeting point depending on the closest taxi ranks, the streets with the most traffic and the areas with the greatest activity), as well as the route to be followed by the taxi driver. At the end of the journey, payment is made by credit card, so users don’t have to carry money.
When the service is finished, users leave feedback on the service and an assessment to offer information to other users regarding the person with whom they have shared the fare.

Why?
The optimisation of the use of limited resources is an important issue at present. Reducing costs, energy, emissions and optimising the use of time are some of the improvements offered by this service. On the other hand, it also improves mobility in the city, promoting communication between people and enhancing the spirit of collaboration between citizens, which we feel is more than enough to believe in the huge value of this project.

Credits:

Arturo Sáez Carrasco, Gabriel Nazoa Castillo, Isabelle De Zan Hatch.
IED Madrid. Madrid, Spain.

Teacher: Sergio Álvarez
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Platforms
Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Series 40, Windows Mobile
Pricing
  • Free version available
Categories
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Keywords
  • taxi, share, city, save money, collective intelligence, free
Target Users
  • travellers who arrive at the airport, train or bus station, those who are returning from a night out, liberal professionals who wish to reduce their monthly expenditure on this kind of journey, and young people whose spending power does not allow them to
Available in the following app stores
Google Play, Blackberry App World, chrome web store, iTunes
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