Tired of running up the platform and peering into the train to search for seats? If you're a commuter, or if you've ever spent a long journey standing by the doors, then the answer is almost certainly yes. We came up with an idea that gives South West Trains the opportunity to quell this issue.
Coupled with low-cost weight sensors in each train seat, we've come up with the Station Mate app. Station Mate will give travellers a view of their train allowing them to see which seats are available and which have been taken before it arrives. This will give them the opportunity to position themselves at the optimal place on the platform (or, if they're at Waterloo, to walk to the right carriage). The app will also show the location of toilets, Bicycle spaces, quiet zones, first class carriages, etc.
Further features include
- A countdown until the train leaves so you know how long you have to find a seat.
- Final destination is made clear so you know which train you need to get on.
- Estimated arrival time at your destination (usually unavailable to you unless you ask the guard).
- List of stops before and after your destination.