BELLEVUE SMART TRAVELER: AN INTEGRATED PHONE AND PAGER SYSTEM FOR DOWNTOWN DYNAMIC RIDE SHARING

In the past, efforts to reduce traffic congestion in urban centers have focused on encouraging high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) commuting. However, these efforts have had mixed results, mainly because of the flexibility, convenience, and other attractions of single-occupancy (SOV) travel. One approach is to use innovative communication technology to provide commuters with the means to easily and flexibly arrange for HOV commuting to and from their downtown office buildings. Bellevue Smart Traveler (BST) is a national IVHS demonstration project developing such an approach. Under BST, a team of researchers at the University of Washington is leading efforts to develop a prototype Traveler Information Center (TIC). The TIC integrates phone and paging technologies to deliver three types of personal commuter information: Dynamic ride matching information; Up-to-the-minute traffic congestion; and A transit component, which provides easy access to bus information. This TIC is being demonstrated and tested in downtown Bellevue, Washington. Participants were assigned to ride in groups based on where they live. Using both touch-tone telephones and pagers, members of these ride groups have been attempting to arrange ride matches. Preliminary results indicate that (1) people prefer to offer rides rather than accept rides, and (2) the factors that constitute a viable ride group need to be explored further.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 126-131
  • Monograph Title: MOVING TOWARD DEPLOYMENT. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 1994 ANNUAL MEETING OF IVHS AMERICA

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00667838
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 10 1994 12:00AM