Development of a software/website to track taxi location

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Hi I’ am currently in search for a title for my degree final year project.
I’ve chosen the following topic and would like to get more ideas from you guys.
Development of a software/website to track taxi location.
GPS location tracking of Taxi; so as for customers to identify the closest taxies available near to their location and directly being able to call the taxi driver- eliminating the middleman (taxi service centers) 
The application itself is going to be a website so as users can connect with their PDA/windows mobile when they are out on the road. 
Users can view the available taxis on the map and when click on the dot (taxi), a pop up shows the driver details with contact info.
At first I planned for each taxi driver to have a GPS tracker, the tracker id is saved at the backend database with the driver details. 
But the problem occurs, how to identify if the taxi is occupied or not; to overcome this problem, each taxi driver would have a PDA/windows mobile (with GPS functionality) and they can select if the taxi is available or occupied with a program on the mobile device.  
Can anyone give any more ideas or if this project is a possible project.

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  • carlosdl
    I think it is possible, but you would have to team up with taxi companies, and if you want to show the current taxi position, of course a GPS would be needed and the company would have to agree to share the GPS information with you. A similar application exists for the Android and iPhone platforms. It might give you some ideas: cab4me
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  • Veriya
    well i don really need to team up with taxi companies. as i said its a degree peoject, so no need to go so broad. but yea i will get their views on the project. of course its gonna b a plus point on the project. what i am wondering is how to send the data(location of the taxi) to the server from the mobile phone. i think i have to use GSM. but wonder if how this is gonna be really done. and the link that u gave, i don think its really related to the idea that i am talking about.
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  • carlosdl
    The link is related, but it is not exactly the same idea. The main difference is that cab4me helps you contacting the company, and not the taxi driver directly, but some similar concepts apply, for example, the sending of GPS data (in cab4me's case, the position of the customer) to a central server, to verify the availability of taxi companies in the area. I don't think it is something too hard to do. Getting the location from the GPS should only take a few lines of code, and sending it to a central server (using any kind of internet connection) should also be something moderately easy provided a service is listening on the server. How to do that would depend on the platform of the mobile device and the listening service of the server. I have seen sample code for this kind of task on the Android platform in some web forums, but I guess it can be found also for other platforms. Good luck.
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  • Gent01
    Have you considered using the GPS enabled cellphones. There is software available to track the locations of several employees by their GPS phones. Here is an article related to this.
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