Client Spotlight: Campus Drive

Spud Software developed a custom ride-share solution designed by college students for college students.

Following up on our recent discussions about software development and the debate between native, web and hybrid applications, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Campus Drive app, a custom software solution that included native app development for both Apple and Android platforms. 

Campus Drive is the newest ride-share app that brings college students together and promotes safety, convenience and affordable transportation solutions. The concept of Campus Drive was developed by three students at Mount St. Mary’s who recognized a need for a safe transportation service for their fellow classmates, and chose to partner with Spud Software to turn their vision into reality.

Mount St. Mary’s is located in a rural region about an hour outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Because of its location, the students there were under-served by the current ride-share market. So founders Louis Tonon, Mateo Ruiz de Somocurcio Lanata and Zach Burau, all members of the Mount St. Mary’s tennis team, started a two-driver program to help their classmates. But they quickly came to realize that the lack of safe and reliable transportation extended beyond their own school.

Burau, a Grand Blanc, Michigan native, had driven past Spud Software for years and watched our growth from a small shop with just a few employees to a team of 35+ people. So when it came time to choose a software development company to partner with, Spud Software was the logical choice.

We collaborated with Campus Drive to not only create a ride-sharing app, but to develop an entire business solution. Through our process of define, design, develop and deliver, we created a multi-faceted solution that includes an administrative portal for managing users, a process for driver applicants, the ability to track user activity and a public facing website. In addition to all of this, we utilized Xamarin to develop responsive, cross-platform applications for Android and iOS devices.

The solution that Spud developed for Campus Drive also featured a variety of third party integrations, including:

  • Google APIs and mapping technology
  • Stripe Connect for payment and payroll processing
  • OneSignal for push notifications
  • GPS location tracking
  • Edmunds vehicle VIN decoding
  • Accurate Background for automating background checks

And Campus Drive’s custom solution was also built on a fully scalable cloud architecture within the Microsoft Azure platform to allow for flexible scaling during peak demands.

The Campus Drive app is now being used on a number of campuses, including Mount St. Mary’s, Central Michigan University, Hope College, Ferris State University and Alma College, with plans to expand in the coming months.

As developers, it’s exciting to see our client’s dreams come to life and know we played a vital role in making that happen. It’s especially great when we know our applications are being used to not only provide a valuable service for others, but to also give the next generation safer solutions and reliable transportation services.

If you’d like to learn more about Campus Drive, you can visit their website here. If you want to know more about how Spud Software can help you bring your vision to life, drop us a line or give us a call.