Vanshare

PROJECT INFORMATION
+ App and Video
+ Fall 2014
+ Design 385

GROUP MEMBERS
+ Cami De Vincenzo
+ Emily Phan
+ William Qu
+ Christine You

 

A five week long project that aims on redesigning Seattle's transportation system. After taking a look at existing modes of transportation from gondolas to trains and water taxis, we decided to focus on the carpooling system. We planned to target routine commuters and integrate the current VanPool system with this audience. 

VanShare is a public carpooling program that provides an easy process to find a van, intuitive scheduling, and a personalized experience. Our application locates a van according to the rider's schedule and availability of vans in the surrounding area. There all vans are in use, the rider is put on a temporary waiting list and has access to real time notifications where they can see who they are riding with and when they are going to be picked up.


If we had the opportunity, how might we redesign Seattle's public transportation service system?

DESIGN QUESTION


DESIGN PROCESS

RESEARCH:

My group and I researched various types of transportation systems and interviewed people who use public transportation on a daily basis. We found that public transportation falls into two categories: routine commuters and infrequent users. Out of the many 350,673 workers in Seattle, only 18.5% use public transportation, while over 66% of daily commuters drive alone. 

 

AUDIENCE:

After synthesizing our research, we decided to target routine commuters and redesign the existing service, VanPool. We decided to focus on these areas because the VanPool system is an already existing service that can be easily manipulated and decrease congestion of traffic at peak times.

 

A public transportation service that takes advantage of the existing Metro VanPool and combine it with the characteristics Uber and Lyft where the passenger can call a VanShare at any time.

DESIGN CONCEPT


STORYBOARDING:

 
 
 

LOW FIDELITY PROTOTYPE:

For our first prototype, we wanted to incorporate our VanShare system with the buses as a drop off and pick up station. However, we found it was unlikely that the user would experience a seamless trip where a bus drops them off and a VanShare is there ready to pick them up.  

 

HIGH FIDELITY PROTOTYPE:

For the final prototype, we wanted to implement a:

 

+ payment system that offered a more flexible weekly subscription and have the option for their account to be linked to a mobile wallet

+ personalized experience where the user can know who they are riding with and what time they are getting picked up

+ focus on VanPool to display how it can be efficient and maximizing the user's experience by creating a seamless trip

 
 

VIDEO PROTOTYPE:

To see the final presentation document, please click here.