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Travel time search app: add travel time search to an app

by Louisa Bainbridge
on Jan 23, 2017

We as Richard Rowson, creator of 3 different TravelTime apps, to get a sneak peek into the development process when creating a time-based application.

"I built three separate apps using TravelTime in a day"

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Airports near app

This is a prototype app, aimed at pilots of light aircraft, to help them locate a suitable airport near to a place of interest.
There are hundreds of small airfields across the country – and whilst these generally appear on aviation charts, they are often named after small local villages and difficult to find on road maps. Say you want to get to Sheringham – this app will identify suitable airports within a short taxi ride away (or public transport if you prefer).
Whether it is a flight for a recreational day-out, or a private charter to a business meeting, it makes finding suitable airfields easier.

I’ve worked with journey planners for over 15 years, and have a passion for visualizing data – so when TravelTime became available, I was keen to put it to work to see its capabilities.

How long did it take to build?

I built three separate travel time search app in a day – leveraging a range of existing libraries and templates.  In addition to this one, I built one for comparing commutes by road and train and one for finding ‘days out’ ideas within a tolerable travel time. They all use the same underlying structure, just using different lists.

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The app also uses Google Places Autocomplete API for entering locations, and airport data from Our Airports. The front-end is based on Bootstrap, JQuery and uses Google Maps.

The app was primarily built as a proof of concept to demonstrate the capabilities – but has proved useful on a few occasions amongst fellow pilots seeking to arrange a charter or just organise a day out. The next steps are to improve the information about the airports – such as opening hours and facilities such as fuel.

Interested in making your own travel time search app? Get an API key and begin testing free.

 

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