How to Solve the Car Pooling Challenge in Java

The challenge

You are driving a vehicle that has capacity empty seats initially available for passengers.  The vehicle only drives east (ie. it cannot turn around and drive west.)

Given a list of tripstrip[i] = [num_passengers, start_location, end_location] contains information about the i-th trip: the number of passengers that must be picked up, and the locations to pick them up and drop them off.  The locations are given as the number of kilometers due east from your vehicle’s initial location.

Return true if and only if it is possible to pick up and drop off all passengers for all the given trips. 

Example 1:

Input: trips = [[2,1,5],[3,3,7]], capacity = 4
Output: false

Example 2:

Input: trips = [[2,1,5],[3,3,7]], capacity = 5
Output: true

Example 3:

Input: trips = [[2,1,5],[3,5,7]], capacity = 3
Output: true

Example 4:

Input: trips = [[3,2,7],[3,7,9],[8,3,9]], capacity = 11
Output: true

Constraints:

  1. trips.length <= 1000
  2. trips[i].length == 3
  3. 1 <= trips[i][0] <= 100
  4. 0 <= trips[i][1] < trips[i][2] <= 1000
  5. 1 <= capacity <= 100000

The solution in Java

class Solution {
    public boolean carPooling(int[][] trips, int capacity) {
        /*
        trips[i][0] = amount of people
        trips[i][1] = get on
        trips[i][2] = get off
        */
        
        int[] stops = new int[1001];
        
        for (int[] t : trips) {
            stops[t[1]] += t[0];
            stops[t[2]] -= t[0];
        }
        
        for (int i=0; capacity>=0 && i<1001; i++)
            capacity -= stops[i];
        
        return capacity >= 0;
        
    }
}
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