A MOBILE-BASED VEHICLE BREAKDOWN AND RECOVERY SERVICES DIRECTORY SEARCH ENGINE USING LOCATION-AWARENESS

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ABSTRACT

The Vehicle Breakdown Service Station Locator is a system that gives accurate information about nearest garage or workshop facilities around a particular area allowing users to reduce the amount of time required searching the mechanic garage once the incident happens. The aim of the study is to design and develop a Mobile-Based Vehicle Breakdown and Recovery Services Directory Search Engine Using Location-Awareness. In achieving this aim, the following specific objectives were laid out as follows to design and develop a software that will enable the user search through an auto-mechanic directory using location awareness and incorporate a notification mechanism (SMS) where a distressed user can send notification to the searched auto-mechanic offering vehicle recovery services. The motivation that led to the implementation of the proposed system is that the existing system does not have a mechanism that allow users to send notifications about a user’s vehicle breakdown to the nearest auto-mechanic that offers vehicle recovery services. Also, motorists/commuters that have a vehicle breakdown particularly find it very difficult to locate auto-mechanics who can fix their vehicle’s specific problem especially when in a new locality. The methodology adopted in this study is the structured system analysis and design methodology (SSADM) which is a technical approach for analyzing and designing an application or system by applying object throughout the software development process. The programming language used is HTML, CSS, JAVASCRIPT, PHP, SQL and JQUERY. The reason why web programming languages was used is because, it is platform independent and it is a web based application. This project will be of benefit to: Police, Vehicle companies and the system will help solve the numerous problems associated with the manual way of doing things. This study will also benefit motorists that are new to a particular location and are searching for information about workshops offering vehicle breakdown and recovery services in a particular location. The expected result is an electronic Mobile-Based Vehicle Breakdown and Recovery Services Directory Search Engine Using Location-Awareness that will track and provide vital information about the location of vehicle owners and help reduce vehicle loss within a geographical region.

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 Introduction

The Vehicle Breakdown Service Station Locator gives accurate information about nearest garage or workshop facilities around a particular area allowing users to reduce the amount of time requiredsearching the mechanic garage once the incident happens.Travelling is a delightful experience which everyone is experienced. Breakdowns of cars and bikes have different triggers. The vehicle may or may not need to be towed, depending on the nature of the problem. In such an ambiguity, the user may be in a dilemma and does not understand what needs to be done and few people don’t even know the location mechanic. A user who does not possess any mechanic work shop’s contact number can only rely on the help of others passing along with them and there is a threat of being scammed. The development of this Vehicle Breakdown Service Provider System dominant centre of attention is to overcome the flaws of applications which are in the market.The application will use the user’s current location to decide the nearest mechanic workshop or their garage available and display all the remaining mechanic shops in ascending order of the distance from the user. In such situations getting help from a person who is having in detail practical knowledge about vehicles is a life saver.The user should give their location and details around an area are based up on the distance which are calculated by Google maps and are shown as messages (Rashmi et al., 2018).

As a prelude to other parts of this study, this chapter will discuss the background upon which this study was initiated, the statement of problems that led to this study, the Aim and Objectives of the study. Others are Significance of the study, Scope of work, Limitation of the study and Definition of technical terms.