The Pool is a sharing economy application that creates a culture of accountable car pooling through a simple visualization. Car pooling on a daily basis, to work or school, causes a lot of stress and hassle because each member relies on the to be prompt and on time. This app helps the users to have confidence and communication, making what is usually a messy, spontaneous arrangement, into friendly expedience.
The color field represents the advancing driver, and each notch is an awaiting passenger. When the driver enters their car, they press start. Awaiting passengers view the advancing driver during their morning routine, and are alerted as soon as the driver is outside.
This project was a thought experiment on mutual visibility. Location services has continually been a source of discomfort for many smart phone users, so this UX addressed that fear, and created a social situation plus a limited visualization that reflected the love/hate relationship between our need for technology and our reservations with it.
Instead of showing exactly where someone is on a map, this visualization shows our relationship to one another in time and space. It isn't a map, but a timeline, which protects the privacy of our driving route, but allows everyone a clear idea of when we will arrive. The important thing is to expose the information that helps us to connect efficiently with the classic collaborative task: carpooling.
The Pool is a hypothetical application created by Monique Grimord during her masters at Savannah College of Art & Design.
The friend who is driving enters their car and presses start.
The waiting friends know exactly how far away their ride is with the connected visualization, so they can complete their morning activities in the meantime.
If the driving friend is held back by traffic or anything else, everyone can see the delay.
You know exactly when you ride arrives at your door, so there is no lag time, no frustrated honking, and no waiting outside in the cold.