Manager   •   about 6 years ago

The Problem: Bus schedules for particular journeys are not available on the internet

Suggested Challenge: A resource with bus schedules, arrivals and departure times starting with the buses of Lorry Addas

Insights: Check out https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beyondvision.karachibusroutes

Submitted by: Talha Afzal

  • 31 comments

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    That is a useful idea, It can be applied to transports inside Lahore (LTC, Daewoo City Bus, Metro, Local Hilux). A Web app for advance users and an SMS service or UDDP service to provide info of Bus against source to destination.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    salam. yes this is also my idea in fact i am also working on this idea. so it will be my honour if we work together and share ideas and solution about this poblem

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    wsalam, thats cool. Looks like we are becoming a team :)
    I just have the idea and haven't worked on it.
    Can you share your work regarding this?

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    yes of-course. actually i haven't done any thing in software. but i have done things in regarding the management. i also made the prototype of the bus timing and some ideas for the app of this project

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    No problem about software. If we manage to find sources of information through which we can get data about buses (routes, timings etc), software will not be a problem then.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    AOA, yes this is a serious issue which needs to be addressed. Finding authentic sources of information would obviously be a challenge. Not so sure about Lahore
    but last time I tried to find such information for Rawalpindi and Islamabad , I couldn't find any valid data.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    wsalam, for authentic sources of information we will ask our mentors in hachathon that whether they can provide any guideline regarding this.
    We can approach Daewoo City Bus Service office and LTC office for this data and we will be able to find useful information to much extent.

  • Manager   •   about 6 years ago

    We'd suggest not waiting until the Mentoring (which is scheduled for Sunday afternoon) for guidance. For any data sets your project will need, please start collecting them ASAP.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    @codeforpk: so are you suggesting that we should start developing a prototype for this idea?

  • Manager   •   about 6 years ago

    You're welcome to start flushing out the idea however you like. In particular, if you need data sets to make your project work, you should definitely try to gather them beforehand so as to focus your time at the hackathon on actual hacking.

    Just remember that final teams will be formed in person on Friday, Jan 24th.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    well thats good. as far i know, there are timing about the dawoo bus services and i also have experienced my self. the thing i want to ask we need a sms module so @codeforpk , are u providing this module

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    @talal: Currently we can discuss the idea here, once the project is selected and team is assigned on Fri, then we will discuss about sms service. But thats not a big problem.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    perfect. well first we have to look all the buses number and their route. i hope they also have made the bus timing according to the bus stop. actually we have to make the huge database and there should be the easier way to access the respective data.
    we can also use the GPS and by this we can locate the exact position of the buss. the server have the GPS receiver and the user sms his/her bus no. to our server then the server send the current position of the bus.
    this is one of the suggestion.... i have done this management with 2 3 different buses and different virtual stops..but that was only a prototype

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    That is a nice idea.
    But currently we will focus just on a web application, after that sms based service and if possible then mobile apps too.
    User can also query by providing his current position and his destination. On that basis we will tell which buses will take him to his destination along with calculated fare (if possible).

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    My idea and inspiration was to do a more real time application, providing current buses out there in the city.

    It will help citizens to make real time decisions for a public transport route. Looking to make something like this http://www.sflivebus.com/

    The problem is to gather real time data, one simple solution is to create a mobile app to send back data (coordinates), other is to design a small piece of hardware connected to GPRS modem to send back data.

    Looking forward for suggestions.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    Asslam o Alikum Respected friends thanks for sharing your ideas on the problem. We can become a team and can work together.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    first thanks for all of the people who are taking interest in this problem. @talha yes we can work together.
    i totally agree with @thirdknife and @sohaib. i think the most important thing to do is to give travelers the exact location of their respective buses.
    if we build the entire database of the all the buses and their route and people are accessing the data, this can also solve the problem
    but if we just build the entire system of getting acknowledge of the next upcoming bus so this can really solve the problem of the entire people who really uses the public transport
    i think we have to do this type of application because this type of application is not present in pakistan.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    @thirdknife yes my idea is also the same as yours. the real time application is only the way to solve the problem. and the second phase is to find the easier way for the user to access the bus data which include( route, approx time to reach their current stop and destination)
    @shoaib if we talk about the application, i will go for the sms services because it will not need any internet. there should be web and andriod application but this will distribute the users as in pakistan most of the people dont have both thing andriod/web mobiles and internet on their mobile.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    Ok guys, then lets do it :)

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    so any ideas how to start it .... i have some..

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    Currently i just have the idea of a web app where admin can enter info about buses. And a user screen, where user can search the bus by its name or by providing his current location and destination to check which buses pass through his current location and take him to desired destination.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    @shoaib where u pick the location of the bus?

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    AOA all , My idea was a super set of this idea "TravelBuddy". We should cater inter and intra cities traveling . e.g User wants to go from place A to B ,our application will provide all possible transportation options ( bus , train ,flight ) with route.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    @talal: location of bus is the names of bus stops. If some says I am at Services Hospital and want to go to main market gulberg. So i have Services Hospital bus stop and main market gulberg bus stop. From these bus stops i can figure that which buses go to main market from services hospital.
    Buses info and bus stops info will be present in our database.

  •   •   about 6 years ago

    Wsalam Waqar, about 'TravelBuddy' i will just say that after implementation of intra-city, we can take that same setup to cater inter city travelling. We will design our app by keeping this thing in mind that in future we will extend its scope to cover inter cities travelling.

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