CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2020
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Volkswagen Group of America is the North American operation headquarters and subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers. They are comprised of 8,000 employees in the United States and sell their vehicles through a 1,000-strong dealer network.

Electric vehicles are one of the latest innovations in the automobile industry. Volkswagen, who just released their first electric vehicle, the ID.4, want a way to show potential customers the benefits of electric vehicles compared to gas powered vehicles as well as address and correct some of the common misconceptions many people have about electric vehicles.

Our VW Car-Net Electric Vehicle Route Planner application is displayed in Volkswagen dealerships and educates potential car buyers about the benefits of buying an electric vehicle.

A major concern many buyers have about electric vehicles is the car’s range and charging options available on the road. Our application generates driving routes for gas vehicles and electric vehicles that stop at charging stations. Buyers can compare these various routes with respect to route length, route path, fuel costs and carbon emissions.

Our application also allows for extensive customizability including sliders to adjust starting battery charge, climate control, temperature, and weather conditions to account for the effects these factors have on battery consumption.

Our Electric Vehicle Route Planner helps assuage the fears of potential electric vehicle buyers by showing them that their daily routine will have minimal disruptions, and significant benefits if they switch to an electric vehicle.

Our Electric Vehicle Route Planner is developed as an Android application that utilizes API calls to handle route altering attributes and route generation. Our application is written in Kotlin.