petrol prices and their steady upward climb, I wonder if we, the people, can demand clarity from the companies who supply us with much-needed fuel.
I'm not a geek. Not really. I don't know much about programming, but I do know a good idea when I see one.
So here's an idea that presented itself to me: a people-powered website that displays the cheapest petrol prices in the country, or in a particular area. (Okay, it's still a sketchy idea)
There are already some precedents in different industries:
* Houseoftravel.co.nz scrapes the websites of airlines for prices, delivering the lowest price
* Interest.co.nz has a staff that manually check the interest rates from each bank, and their community has begun to help with that manual process.
Is there a way of finding out what's the price of petrol around New Zealand, and what the trends are, so well-prepared drivers can not only check the traffic cams before they set out, but also check where the cheapest petrol is?
Is there a way we could make this mobile? Or at least geotargeted?
What mashups are possible? Google maps seems an obvious choice.
Who would benefit, apart from consumers? Maverick players like Gull - the only petrol company to front on Close Up last night - might be interested, if they're open to transparency.
Industry organisations like the AA might also be interested in being associated with this.
I think there are enough of us with enough skill to make this happen. What do you think?