On-demand high-capacity ride-sharing via dynamic trip-vehicle assignment

Javier Alonso-Mora, Samitha Samaranayake, Alex Wallar, Emilio Frazzoli, Daniela Rus

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Abstract

Ride-sharing services are transforming urban mobility by providing timely and convenient transportation to anybody, anywhere, and anytime. These services present enormous potential for positive societal impacts with respect to pollution, energy consumption, congestion, etc. Current mathematical models, however, do not fully address the potential of ride-sharing. Recently, a largescale study highlighted some of the benefits of car pooling but was limited to static routes with two riders per vehicle (optimally) or three (with heuristics).We present a more general mathematical model for real-time high-capacity ride-sharing that (i) scales to large numbers of passengers and trips and (ii) dynamically generates optimal routes with respect to online demand and vehicle locations. The algorithm starts from a greedy assignment and improves it through a constrained optimization, quickly returning solutions of good quality and converging to the optimal assignment over time. We quantify experimentally the tradeoff between fleet size, capacity, waiting time, travel delay, and operational costs for low- to medium-capacity vehicles, such as taxis and van shuttles. The algorithm is validated with ~3 million rides extracted from the New York City taxicab public dataset. Our experimental study considers ride-sharing with rider capacity of up to 10 simultaneous passengers per vehicle. The algorithm applies to fleets of autonomous vehicles and also incorporates rebalancing of idling vehicles to areas of high demand. This framework is general and can be used for many real-time multivehicle, multitask assignment problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-467
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume114
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Human mobility
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Ride-sharing
  • Smart cities
  • Vehicle routing

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