Entries with tag ride sharing.

Digital Tool Displays Taxi-Sharing Benefits

MIT researchers have developed a tool that lets users see the possible energy and time savings that sharing taxi rides could generate. The HubCab tool is based on a dataset consisting of 170 million single-passenger taxi trips by all 13,500 licensed New York City taxis in 2011, complete with all pickup and drop-off points’ GPS coordinates. The tool uses OpenStreetMap street shapes segmented with Python imported into a Mongo database. During their research, the scientists found that taxi-sharing could reduce the number of trips by 40 percent. Were there device-enabled taxi sharing networks available, this could result in less traffic congestion costs, and pollution they say. HubCab is a project of the MIT Senseable City Lab, which investigates the convergence and changes digital technologies are bringing to cities and their inhabitants.  (SlashDot)(Co.Design)(HubCab @MIT Senseable City Lab)

Transportation Technologies Duking It Out in San Francisco

There are numerous transportation options in the San Francisco area, but taxi services and ride sharing providers are now entrenched in a fight for business. Uber X, for example, is a digital ride sharing service that features options less expensive than hailing a cab. It is competing with ride sharing services such as Lyft and Sidecar, which give people rides with regular folks who use their personal cars as taxis. Professional cab drivers tell ABC affiliate KGO that their pay has decreased by roughly 25 percent since these start-ups launched, which has prompted some drivers to start using the Flywheel smartphone application. The creators of Flywheel are upping the ante by giving away free taxi fare to potential new users. Uber, the service that summons luxury car service for smartphone users, is now adding a fare splitting feature for its iPhone and Android users to remain competitive. (KGO)(CNET)(The New York Times)

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