An opportunistic client user interface to support centralized ride share planning

Rigby, M., Kr├╝ger, A., Winter, S. (2013), An opportunistic client user interface to support centralized ride share planning, 21st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2013). ACM, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Existing ride sharing systems for commuting in urban environments are rigid. They rely on the communication of discrete, spatio-temporal constraints from both vehicle and client to perform ride-matching. From a client user perspective these approaches are problematic, leading to location-privacy issues and the use of additional communication channels for ad-hoc negotiation which cannot be immediately quantified. To account for these aspects, we develop a dynamic, intuitive interface technique called launch pads and a centralized system architecture, which together simplify the ride-matching process whilst preserving location-privacy. The results of two experiments reveal the latent potential existing within ride sharing systems if vehicle flexibility is quantified and incorporated into a representation of accessibility. The communication via launch pads provides a client with means to fully exploit this potential.

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