Instant Social Ride-Sharing

This paper explores the use of ride–sharing as a resource-efficient mode of personal transportation. While the perceived benefits of ride–sharing include reduced travel times, transportation costs, congestion, and carbon emissions, its wide–spread adoption is hindered by a number of barriers. These include the scheduling and coordination of routes, safety risks, social discomfort in sharing private spaces, and an imbalance of costs and benefits among parties. To address these barriers, the authors describe a system for ride–sharing that utilizing the concepts of social networks and social interest groups. The Social Ride/Sharing Service (SRSS) automatically groups ride offers and requests into ride–shares according to two objectives: to minimize ride–share detours, and to maximize the amount of social connections amongst participants of ride–shares. A mobile application places the SRSS at the fingertips of mobile users (anyplace and anytime), Minimizing detours and maximizing social connections in ride–shares is used to increase the social comfort level and trust among ride-share participants, ultimately leading to increased user acceptance and adoption of ride–sharing. As the number of users increases, the number of social connections between users increases, which allows more ride–share opportunities and more effective transport. The authors present realistic, city–wide simulations for Copenhagen that demonstrate that their proposed social ride–sharing system is viable and effective.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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  • Accession Number: 01142585
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 24 2009 7:09AM