The Google Summer of Code 2020 is just about over. During the summer, I investigated improving different aspects of the enviroCar Android app. It was a very amazing learning experience. In this final blog post, I’d like to wrap up and summarize my achievements during the second half of the Google Summer of Code 2020.
It’s been some fun time working on the enviroCar Android App. In this midterm blog post, I will give an overview of the achievements I’ve reached since the start of the coding phase to the work done until the start of the midterm evaluation.
The overarching goal of the project is to improve the car selection process in the enviroCar Android app by integrating previously defined datasets of vehicles. This is app side implementation. For more information about this project, feel free to read the introductory blog post. The following blog post highlights the core tasks and achievements during the first four weeks of this project.
During Google Summer of Code 2020, I will be working on an enviroCar Android app, which is one of the 52° North GSoC projects. The project is based on sustainable mobility. The main goal of the enviroCar app is to collect track data and analyze data to reduce the costs of running a car and to advance effective traffic planning.
The question is, is this data dependent on the car type? Of course yes! The data is fully dependent on the car type because of different engine displacement and power, which in term lead to different CO2 emissions. Currently, enviroCar app is flexible for creating artificial types of cars with user-defined attribute values, like adding engine displacement and power value to any undefined or nonexistent value.
The Android client of the enviroCar project helps users collect data about their tracks, including but not limited to, speed, fuel consumption and CO2 production. This data is obtained through an OBD-II adapter that the app connects to via Bluetooth. While there is plenty of data being collected from the adapter, a lot of it wasn’t being visualized. In addition to this, there were a few changes that I felt could be made to the application that would help improve the user experience.