Our teammates in Beijing managed to convince the Wuhong team to help them conduct truck drivers interview in Beijing. They took pictures and conducted 60 interviews. On our hand we did internet research about the trucking industry in the USA and found interesting socio-economic data about onwer-operators, who are the majority of truck drivers in China. We also found interesting blogs and forums relaying the concerns of truck drivers in the USA. Laura has done more research about truck drivers in China to support the features of the app we will propose. We also reviewed existing apps for truckers in the USA.
We will meet with an entrepreneur form StartX working on an app for truck drivers in the USA called Dispatcher. This app was started last September during the Start-up weekend. We will also try to use Urban Lab 3 to interview truck drivers in the USA about their use of smart phones, apps and their knowledge of green freight.
We contacted Stanford RD&E to assess the possibility of interviewing truck drivers on campus. We will also possibly contact NRC to get advice about how to interview truck drivers. We will also try to find a public hearing about California new truck regulation.
BreatheChina (Casey + Noelle)
This week we talked with our Tsinghua students and communicated with our NGO partner via email. We did some research on the design of air pollution monitoring apps, created a summarizing PowerPoint, and sent it over to our partners. Casey also made progress on our comprehensive guide to air pollution stats. We also revised our final project/exhibition to include a scale model of Beijing. It is going serve as the template for designing the air quality monitoring app of the future. We are doing research on how air pollution data is gathered and disseminated today, in order to suggest ways to improve that process in the future using new technologies, techniques, and platforms.
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