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Can ride-sharing become attractive? A case study of taxi-sharing employing a simulation modelling approach

Can ride-sharing become attractive? A case study of taxi-sharing employing a simulation modelling approach

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Improved urban mobility can be attained through more efficient vehicle usage and better road network utilisation, namely through increased vehicle occupancy and new operation modes. In this study, the authors focus on a dynamic and distributed taxi-sharing system that takes advantage of nowadays widespread availability of communication and distributed computation to provide a cost-efficient, door-to-door and flexible service, offering a quality of service similar to conventional taxis. This system has been evaluated following a simulation modelling approach, including a realistic and accurate replication of the taxi operation in the city of Porto using empirical data (real origin/destination data and average occupancy rates). Simulation results show improved performance in terms of reduced fares (up to 8%), reduced total travel distance (up to 9%) and smaller operation costs. Furthermore, they proposed that several trade-offs (e.g. service performance against passengers’ transit times) should be considered during the system deployment and operation. In this study, it was also shown that increased system penetration rate and demand level can even further improve the system performance.

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