UX Researcher and Designer
Glocal-Eyez Road Maintenance is a map navigating app that incorporates with road maintenance and condition monitoring function. In addition to basic searching and navigating features, this app factors in additional attributes including fuel consumption, monitoring road conditions, topography, predicting idling time and even individual users’ vehicles and driving styles.
“Quality of roads affect (1) Safety, (2) Traffic, (3) Comfort of driving, (4) Fuel consumption and (5) Quality of air.
Drivers compensate for poor roads by pressing a little harder on the accelerator to maintain a constant speed, they burn more fuel and spew out more carbon dioxide. Road quality could account for 10 to 15 percent of fuel use in urban settings. Therefore, good road quality has been an important factor in reducing carbon pollution for our environment. On the other hand, drivers tend to drive on better maintained road to protect the car and save fuel cost.
However, current road monitoring approaches and tracking tools are expensive, weather-dependent and lack frequency and network-scale measurements needed to prioritize repairs, and most tools are operated by the government, which results in a lack of up-to-date tracking and monitoring for development purpose.
Building an app that incorporated into navigation maps. When drivers navigate in route the app automatically monitors the road condition of the route. Some navigation apps already offer an “eco” option based on distance and average fuel consumption. This app could factor in additional attributes including road conditions, topography, predicted idling time and even individual users’ vehicles and driving styles. Users use the app as a regular GPS navigation, but also track road data on their route.
Search + Navigation
In-Route GPS + Road Data Info
Redeeming Rewards + Vehicle Information
Drivers would like to find a shorter and easier route to drive. Fuel consumption and road condition are two major factors, as they want to drive on smoother road to maintain safety and vehicle conditions.
By analyzing the two perspectives from both drivers and the government, there is a need for both sides.
Current major map/navigation apps all have features such as exploring nearby, live traffic and area update, and comprehensive GPS navigations, but there has not such an app that combines the navigation with road condition monitoring/tracking function. We believe this is a great opportunity to design such app and offer convenient use.
User Flow &
Here are the user flow and sitemap when the driver uses the app as a navigation GPS and road data tracking process.
It was a fun journey creating and designing this app, collaborated with the team of Glocal-Eyez. It is important to know users' behavior and combine their experience with technology to create the product that can be used widely. In the meanwhile, the use of product helps to collect up-to-date road data and information.
On the other hand, design with technology, especially cloud technology is challenging but invaluable. This product helps to reduce air pollution and protects our planet, which leads to another topic – environment pollution. I truly believe design/tech should and will play an important role in protecting our planet and I will work as hard as I can to achieve that goal.