There are many students who are attending ISU that do not come from Ames. Most of them really. Students come from every county in Iowa, every state in the country, and from more than 100 foreign countries (Iowa State University Registrar Enrollment Statistics). A large number of students, especially freshman and sophomores, do not bring cars to school. Throughout the year these students may want to go back home for a weekend with no means of doing so.
Fortunately these "carless" students are not alone. Many students are driving similar routes and have extra space. Why not connect these people? It would save the driver money and would give the rider a means of transport.
Group 15-09's project is creating a web application that does just that.