I’m working on a small prototype to alert Access-A-Ride customers about their ride status (in case you’re not familiar, Access-A-Ride is door-to-door public transportation for the disabled in NYC. Riders face a lot of hurdles with the system, and oftentimes the elderly wait outside in freezing cold temperatures to avoid missing their ride).
The prototype is going to be either a web app, with an Uber-like interface, and created for real-time ride updates based on GPS coordinates (that said, this isn’t public data, so we’d need to use a placeholder data set), OR as an alternative, I’d also be open to creating an SMS alert system for ride updates, but I am not sure what the technical needs would be for this project.
I don’t know much about working with GPS coordinates, and would love to work with people who have experience in this area. I’m comfortable with the design of the prototypes, but am not sure how and when to integrate existing technology (including what the cost and scope would look like).
I should also mention that the larger goal of this project is to use my research and the prototypes to help make a case to the MTA to open up GPS data about Access-A-Ride so that technologists and designers can create tools to help improve the disabled community’s commute.
Would love to work with you this weekend! firstname.lastname@example.org