Fakultät Informatik, Institut für Systemarchitektur, Professur Rechnernetze
ANDROID CAR SEARCH
Task for Komplexpraktikum „Entwicklung mobiler und verteilter Systeme“
Summer Semester 2009, Supervisors: Dipl.-Inf. Sandro Reichert, Dipl.-Medieninf. Matthias Wauer
The Android platform [And] offers new opportunities to develop mobile applications. First Android
devices are already in sale [TG1], and the SDK plus a powerful emulator (with Eclipse integration)
are ready to be used by developers.
In the course of the Komplexpraktikum a solution for supporting users who want to buy a car
should be developed. In many cases these users currently do not possess a car and therefore seek
cars that are sold relatively near to their current location.
The solution to be developed should therefore support the search for cars based on the context of
the user and additional information. The application is intended to utilize online marketplaces for
cars like mobile.de [Mob] and AutoScout24 [Aut] that currently do not provide a map based search.
The cars that match the user’s search profile can be put on a map of the mobile device based on
the location information of the car vendor.
In addition to that, the solution must provide aspects of federated search. Wikipedia [Wik] contains
a lot of general information that might not be present in the marketplace’s car description, and one
of the many car review web sites (e.g. Autoplenum [Aut2]) can provide useful rating information.
Additionally, insurance classifications [GDV] (Vollkasko, Teilkasko, Haftpflicht) may be relevant for
the user. All of this information must be summarized to fit the limited display of the mobile device.
Finally, since the decision of buying a certain car is often made by a couple of persons, the
displayed information must be shared with other people among the user’s contacts, including
For this Komplexpraktikum a prototypical implementation for this application should be developed
by a group of 4 to 6