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Driver Safety Feed
to gain back
the trust of travellers

This project consists of small feature integrations which helped gain back the trust and confidence of the users while travelling.

This was a feature integration for the airport & outstation cab bookings. It was launched on the mobile app, to begin with. The basic functionalities which were performed by the users include:

Amenities: Users had a clear view of the amenities which made it easier to provide information about the cab's safety during covid. 

Live Pictures: Users could have a clear view of the safety precautions taken by the drivers while on rides.


Vaccination Information: Users can easily view vaccination-related stats and information on the listing page itself. Here, the data on how many drivers are vaccinated gives reassurance to the user that it is safe to travel.

Driver Vaccination Status: The driver's pictures also show up the vaccination status of the driver.

My Role

I worked as an individual contributor on this project. I handled the Product Design - User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) . I was closely working with the Developers & Product Managers. 






PWa, Android App

User Research
Secondary Research

Visual Design
Interaction Design
Screen Flows




Research & Insights

The design process consisted mainly of doing secondary research to understand the product, users, the approach and the client & their requirements better. The main aim was also to understand how COVID has affected the travel industry and the user's mindset.

How the Pandemic changed the Travel Industry

While IRCTC remains the only government-run ticketing platform for the railways, private players began entering the online train ticket booking business in India around the early 2000s. Train ticketing became one of the fastest-growing verticals within the online ticketing market. I did some secondary research to understand how the growth has taken place. 

The increased use of internet by people across the country is evident from the fact that the percentage of internet ticketing passengers overtook the percentage of counter ticketing passengers for the first time in 2014-15.


train tickets
booked per day


growth in number of tickets booked in past 5 years


tickets per minute is the Ticket Booking Capacity


enquires per second

The Railway Ministry has introduced multiple checks to stop the misuse of Internet Ticket booking facility by the user of automated software. The checks have been introduced both at the time of registration as well as booking. 

Understanding the user

Amazon Trains is powered by IRCTC and it is essential to understand the users behaviour before moving to designing the experience. I interviewed a few people to understand better how they make train bookings and what hurdles they face. 

Major travel booking is done on IRCTC website

IRCTC has a trust factor with users

Worry of hidden costs on third party apps/ websites

Long and tedious process of creating IRCTC account

Attracting factor is offers and discounts

IRCTC website tends to be slow at times

Third party websites still have a IRCTC login/ sign up

 Overload of information

“IRCTC have improved a lot lately ,but still the navigation through the website is a bit difficult."

“Sometimes the IRCTC website automatically logs me out.”

“Third party websites have hidden charges.”

“All train option does not displayed, which can get confusing.”

Alternate options easily available for seamless booking

Understanding the Problem

While IRCTC remains the only government-run ticketing platform for the railways, private players began entering the online train ticket booking business in India around the early 2000s. Train ticketing became one of the fastest-growing verticals within the online ticketing market. Today there are a number of online platforms offering this service. 

  • There are a number of parameters that need to be addressed while building a train ticketing product. These are mostly laid out by the IRCTC and can get quite cumbersome

  • Since IRCTC allowed private players to sell train tickets as well, the competition has increased, which also means there is an increasing need to understand the pain points of the users

  • Train booking is not a very profitable business for companies and they need to find different revenue streams. This is mainly due to low margins and high government regulations.

Areas of Improvement

Identifying Design requirements

Based on interviews and business requirements, basic design and tech requirements were identified. These were then segregated so that it would give a direction during the designing and ideation.

Clean & easy to understand interfaces & flows 

Easily accessible information

Quick actions should be easily accessible

Train availability should be colour coded so that easy to understand

Maximise efficiency by making the product fast

Use of colours to indicate necessary information easily

Regular feedback for usability and any painpoints

Cognitive load should be reduced

Tatkal functionality should work seamlessly




Creating the flow

After working on the wireframes and initial iterations, final screens were worked created. These were designed keeping in mind the requirements of the users. A Usability Testing was also carried out in order to validate the designs better with the users. 

Testing & Release

How testing impacted design.

The designs were tested with the users before moving them into development. 

  • Train booking is very data heavy but regular travellers are very attuned to seeing the information in the certain way. 

  • A lot of iterations were made for the landing page and some were tested out with the users and some internally to understand whether the page was creating cognitive load or it was easy to understand. 

  • Regular train travellers easily understand the short forms like RLWL, RAC, PQWL, etc. These didn't create a hindrance during the train booking journey. 

  • The train selection process was made easy by giving the users various options for the IRCTC Login which is a mandate for booking a train ticket. 

The MVP for Amazon trains was launched in 2020 for Android and MWeb. 

My Takeaways

This was a very interesting experience and had its own unique challenges. Some of my key takeaways were:

  • IRCTC Trains is a government sector and has a lot of restrictions on train booking. Enhancing user experience in this area was a very interesting challenge.

  • Since a long time IRCTC (the official website) has had a huge hold over the train booking experience. A large part of the users have a sort of a trust factor when it comes to booking train tickets on another app. There were a lot people who were willing to go through a bad experience only because of the trust factor.

  • Train tickets get sold over minutes and seconds. There are also Tatkal booking slots which get filled up really fast. Having a robust system to support the user experience is very important when it comes to booking a train ticket.

  • There is a lot of information which the user needs to consume when booking a ticket in a short span of time. The visual design and hierarchy is very important as it would aid in booking a ticket faster.

  • Train tickets are booked by people across all age groups and categories. The information needs to be easy to understand and the journey should be seamless. 

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