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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-12-053
Date: November 2012
Organic dynamic ridesharing is an incredibly easy and efficient way to transport commuters. It is light on infrastructure, uses a previously unharnessed resource (empty seats in a car), and requires little government involvement. There appears to be a “tipping point” that makes dynamic ridesharing attractive to commuters. The tipping point is difficult to reach under natural circumstances, as attested by the fact that this only exists in three U.S. cities. With the help of the right champion (perhaps from a regional or State government or a benefactor), the scan team believes that new dynamic ridesharing systems could be engineered into existence. This topic deserves further study.
Topics: research, exploratory advanced research
Keywords: research, exploratory advanced research, Alternative Commuting, Carpooling, Casual Carpooling, Dynamic Ridesharing, Electronic Slugging, Flexible Carpooling, Informal Carpools, Ride Matching, Ridesharing, Ridesharing Systems, Slugging, Slugs
TRT Terms: research, Information organization, Activities leading to information generation, Research, Research projects