Online Reservation system for shuttle bus company. We will pick up children from their homes and bring them to soccer practice, baseball practice, dance, karate etc. Software will fill up seats on a shuttle/bus/vehicle for up to 14 people for a given time. The shuttle/bus will have a tablet/ipad device to give the driver turn by turn direction to the next stop. The software will determine the most efficient route for the driver and keep the 14 seats filled with passengers. The tablets will use 3g or 4g to communicate with the website.
Passengers will register from our website and prepay with a credit card. Customers will have a choice to buy a single ride or a package of rides. For example, one ride or one segment would cost $8.00. A 30 ride/segment package would cost $150.00. Each reservation would charge their account for the ride.
Our main website is Joomla 1.7 based and has already been developed
Software Needed will:
1. Maintain Basic Customer Information
a. Names of multiple children per household
b. Favorite locations
i. Home, soccer, school
ii. Software will remember these locations so customers can choose from their favorites
c. Username, password. Ideally this username/password can be hooked up to use their facebook, twitter, google, or other social login info
2. Customer may purchase single ride or multiple rides in advance
i. Discount packages for multiple ride purchase
ii. Ability to custom make packages
iii. Ability to credit rides to customers account
iv. Reservation system pulls existing credit from customer’s account
3. Reservation System
a. Allows customer to register for a time slot and software fills this time slot to include a maximum # of riders per vehicle. We will start with 3 vehicles and each vehicle will have it's own territory.
i. Once time slot is filled up, customer must reserve a different time slot which is either later or earlier. This means first come first served for each time slot.
ii. Time slots allow for a wider pick up time frame so everyone reaches their destination on time vs a specific reservation time
iii. Time Slot reservation does not necessarily mean that they will be picked up in that order
b. Automatic routing of reservation to bus assigned to geographical area
c. Text and or email reminders that customer has a reservation coming up
i. Time for reminder should be flexible
ii. Driver will have feature on tablet to send a “your next on the route” text or phone message
4. Phone app allows access to all features
a. Gps mapping of buses for customers to see where their bus is.
b. Reservation System
c. Info on whether child has been picked up, on the bus, off the bus
5. Tablet Features
a. Bus specific or driver specific
b. Monitor drivers time
c. Display list of pick up and drop offs
d. Send pre recorder text to next customer
e. Documenting of passenger location- on or off the bus
f. Turn by turn directions
6. Additional Website Features
a. Parents can check on website to see if
i. their child has been picked up
ii. is on the bus
iii. or has been dropped off
iv. GPS tracking of bus
Existing Software we are considering include:
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