CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2017
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Founded in 1908 and headquartered in Detroit, General Motors designs and manufactures a wide variety of vehicles that meets the needs and expectations of drivers around the globe. With a passion to earn customers for life, GM is always working to improve their driving experience.

The GM Technical Center, located in Warren, Michigan, is the heart of the company’s engineering effort. Consisting of 38 buildings and housing over 21,000 employees, the campus spans 710 acres.

Our GM Transportation Experience App is designed to ease the stress that comes with navigating the large GM Technical Center campus by guiding drivers to a parking lot with open spaces that is near their destination.

After a user selects a building destination, our app finds the parking lots within the proximity of that building and analyzes historical data associated with those lots to determine which lot has the highest chance of containing an open parking spot. The user is then directed to this lot via Google Maps.

Since our app is intended for use primarily while driving, a key component to its design is simplicity. Users enter their destination building before driving. While driving, our app guides them with voice prompts to the best parking lot for their building destination on the GM Technical Center campus.

Written using Xamarin, the GM Transportation Experience mobile application runs on both Apple iPhones (iOS) and Google Android devices.