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Flipkart Machine Coding Round Experience

  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 01 Jun, 2021

Ride-Sharing Application- SDE II.  2hrs (90min Coding + 30min Review)

Description: Implement a ride-sharing application with the below-expected features.

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  1. The application allows users to share rides on a route.
  2. Users can either offer a shared ride (Driver) or consume a shared ride (Passenger).
  3. Users can search and select one from multiple available rides on a route with the same source and destination.


Application should allow user onboarding.




Add basic user details



Add the user’s vehicle(s) details

User should be able to offer a shared ride on a route with details.




Ride will have details like vehicle, origin, destination, available seats. (A ride will have no intermediate stops.)

Users can select a ride from multiple offered rides using a selection strategy. (A user can only request  a ride (only for 1 or 2 people))


select_ride(source, destination, seats, selection_strategy)


Preferred Vehicle (Activa/Polo/XUV)

Most Vacant.

System should be able to end the ride. User can only offer a ride for a given vehicle, once there are no active offered rides for that vehicle.



Find total rides offered/taken by all users.



Bonus Question:

  • If the user’s origin/destinations are not available directly but it’s possible via multiple rides, then the application should output multiple rides. (Example: for input: Bangalore to Mumbai, the output can be Bangalore to Goa and Goa to Mumbai)

Other Notes:

  1. Write a driver class for demo purposes. Which will execute all the commands in one place in the code and test cases.

  2. Do not use any database or NoSQL store, use in-memory data-structure for now.  
  3. Do not create any UI for the application.

  4. Please prioritize code compilation, execution, and completion.  
  5. Work on the expected output first and then add good-to-have features of your own.


  1. Make sure that you have a working and demonstrable code.
  2. Make sure that the code is functionally correct.
  3. Use of proper abstraction, modeling, separation of concerns is required.
  4. Code should be modular, readable and unit-testable.
  5. Code should easily accommodate new requirements with minimal changes.
  6. Proper exception handling is required.

Sample Test Cases:

Onboard 5 users


add_user(“Rohan, M, 36”); add_vehicle(“Rohan, Swift, KA-01-12345)

add_user(“Shashank, M, 29”); add_vehicle(“Shashank, Baleno, TS-05-62395)

add_user(“Nandini, F, 29)  

add_user(“Shipra, F, 27”) ; add_vehicle(“Shipra”, Polo, KA-05-41491); add_vehicle(“Shipra, Activa KA-12-12332”)

add_user(“Gaurav, M, 29)

add_user(“Rahul, M, 35); add_vehicle(“Rahul”, “XUV”, KA-05-1234);

Offer 4 rides by 3 users


offer_ride(“Rohan, Origin=Hyderabad, Available Seats=1, Vehicle=Swift, KA-01-12345, Destination= Bangalore”)

offer_ride(“Shipra, Origin=Bangalore, Available Seats=1, Vehicle=Activa KA-12-12332, Destination=Mysore”)

offer_ride(“Shipra, Origin=Bangalore, Available Seats=2, Vehicle=Polo, KA-05-41491, Destination=Mysore”)

offer_ride(“Shashank, Origin=Hyderabad, Available Seats=2, Vehicle=Baleno, TS-05-62395, Destination=Bangalore”)

offer_ride(“Rahul, Origin=Hyderabad, Available Seats=5, Vehicle=XUV,  KA-05-1234, Destination=Bangalore”)

offer_ride(“Rohan, Origin=Bangalore, Available Seats=1, Vehicle=Swift, KA-01-12345, Destination=Pune”)


This call should fail, since a ride has already been offered by this user for this vehicle.

Find rides for 4 users


select_ride(“Nandini, Origin=Bangalore, Destination=Mysore, Seats=1, Most Vacant”)


2(c) is the desired output.

select_ride(“Gaurav, Origin=Bangalore, Destination=Mysore, Seats=1, Preferred Vehicle=Activa”)


2(b) is the desired output

select_ride(“Shashank, Origin=Mumbai, Destination=Bangalore, Seats=1, Most Vacant”)


No rides found

select_ride(“Rohan, Origin=Hyderabad, Destination=Bangalore, Seats=1, Preferred Vehicle=Baleno”)


2(d) is the desired output

select_ride(“Shashank, Origin=Hyderabad, Destination=Bangalore, Seats=1,Preferred Vehicle=Polo”)


No rides found

End Rides






Find total rides by user: Rides Taken: Rides that have were taken and have been marked as “ended” Rides Offered: Rides that were offered and have been marked as “ended”. Note: Even if the offered ride was not taken by any user, it counts as an offered ride. 




Nandini: 1 Taken, 0 Offered  

Rohan: 1 Taken, 1 Offered 

Shashank: 0 Taken, 1 Offered 

Gaurav: 1 Taken, 0 Offered

Rahul: 0 Taken, 0 Offered 

Shipra: 0 Taken, 2 Offered

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