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An Innovative GPS Tracking App

Our project aim was to deliver an innovative GPS tracking app within a 48 hour timeframe for an epic automotive challenge and journey across the U.K. and back. The journey itself took digital enthusiast Matt Porter 1,257 miles across the U.K. from Ness Point to Ardnamurchan in Scotland.

Client: The Gadget Man
Industry: Automotive

At a Glance

  • 1257 mile journey across the UK in a Tesla S and within a four day timeframe
  • Design a mobile application that is fully functional across multiple Android devices
  • To deliver a vital GPS tracker app within a 48-hour timeframe
  • The journey was complemented by aerial shots from a portable image-stabilised 4-K Drone

Project Services

Mobile App Development

The Challenge

In 2017, digital enthusiast Matt Porter, also known as The Gadget Man set himself a goal to prove that electric cars are a viable alternative to their fossil-fuelled counterparts. Armed with a Tesla Model S, Matt and best friend Paul set about planning an epic 1257 mile journey from the UK’s most easterly point at Orfordness in Suffolk, to Ardnamurchan in Scotland and back, in just four days.

Although Matt’s initial plan was to live stream his journey via Facebook and Youtube, Coderus had the idea to design and develop an innovative tracking app instead, that would document every section of the journey, from start to finish and keep his friends, sponsors and family updated of his progress.

The team at Coderus were amazing and saved my bacon when I needed a live tracker app built so quickly. Thank you for all your hard work making the app work so perfectly and for giving family and friends comfort that we were safe on the trip.
Matt Porter
The Gadget Man
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Matt Porter’s journey had begun with the desire to prove that electric cars are a viable alternative to their fossil fuelled counterparts. His journey would require the need for a GPS tracking app that monitors his progress and keeps family, friends and sponsors informed of his location for safety purposes.

The Coderus Solution

By adopting a flexible approach to Matt’s needs, the in-house team here at Coderus pulled together to design and develop a mobile application that could be used to track the 1257 mile journey across the UK.

On the application itself, the user and password was used to securely authenticate with the server when sending Matt GPS data. All the latitude and longitude values were updated each time new location data is sent to provide a constant stream of information. The location data was then published on a map on Matt’s website to reveal the mammoth journey from the East of England to Scotland and back.

From design through to product development and evaluation, we ensured that a working prototype of a mobile application was created in a short time frame of two days. The mobile application was ready five days prior to the event, giving Matt a chance to perform necessary testing before the start of the trip.

The Tech_

  • We targeted the latest Android version of the mobile application with all code written in Java to support Android Lollipop 5.0 and up
  • The application was written using the MVVM architecture that produced testable, clean code
  • Made use of a variety of modern libraries such as Retrofit to reduce complexity of making HTTP requests
  • All issue tracking was handled by the bitbucket toolset and version control using Git

Project Services

Mobile App Development

Our Methodology

Matt’s brief was for us to deliver a simple Android application that would relay GPS information from his phone to the electric car challenge website. Adhering to agile principles, a working prototype of the Coderus mobile application was created over two days with a single iteration before being passed down to Matt for stakeholder approval.

In terms of design, our UI Designers made use of some Android design elements that would create an exceptional visual experience, including collapsing the toolbar layout. Our UI design process follow all necessary material design guidelines to ensure the app was both fully functional and visually appealing.

During the design and development process, efficiency was key when it came to adhering to a very short timeframe. The app was quality tested and read to go in time for Matt’s epic journey. To provide Matt with some flexibility we ensured that the UI worked beautifully across a variety of Android devices using cross-platform integration.

When it came to the testing and development stages, our developers targeted the latest version of Android to make use of the latest platform features, with the native application written in Java and supporting Android Lollipop 5.0 and up. The location data was provided by the Android Framework to make use of high accuracy code.

The Results

The result was a fully operational, innovative mobile tracker application that could be run quietly in the background on Matt’s phone throughout his journey. Matt received a notification every five minutes with geographical updates and traffic information, which were sent for posting on the East West road trip website to comply with the Android system requirements.

The app was designed to improve battery life and run instantaneously in the background and without the need to be on charge throughout the journey. We are pleased to say that Matt was a very satisfied customer and the entire journey was tracked and documented just exactly how he wanted it.

Apps and bespoke solutions delivered
App downloads and users worldwide
Apps and bespoke solutions delivered

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