Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dynamic Ridesharing Pt 3

I had gathered enough information...statistics about public transport and congestion costs in L.A., and price quotes from the guy at the tracking company, to support my great idea. I decided to find an authority to share it with. But what are people who know about these things called? I surfed around until I found my answer: Urban Planners. I wrote a letter to a professor in urban planning at UCLA...no response. I read through the faculty profiles at USC and tried again, after all, someone must realize this was THE BEST IDEA EVER.

This time I got a reply:
Your idea is called dynamic carpooling, or "on the fly" carpooling. The technology exists and in theory such a system could be established. The problem is human behavior and instutions -- people are unlikely to share rides with other they don't know (personal safety, driver behavior); there are huge liability problems; the added inconvenience is generally not worth the dollar savings.


That's sad to hear...but I couldn't really believe it. Happy to hear that my idea, although not original, had a name, I decided to see if anyone had tried it...after all, what would an expert in the area know anyway?

2 comments:

  1. Oh B! The best idea ever! :)

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  2. Safia9:16 PM

    you should definitely pursue this idea. yeah yeah, americans like personal space. let's see how much that changes when gas is 7 dollars a gallon! i think this idea is superb!

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