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International Journal of Vehicular Technology
Volume 2014, Article ID 634926, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/634926
Research Article

Design of Commute Carpooling Based on Fixed Time and Routes

1Faculty of Transportation Engineering, Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huai’an 223003, China
2School of Automotive and Traffic Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
3School of Transportation, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China

Received 8 September 2014; Revised 24 November 2014; Accepted 17 December 2014; Published 31 December 2014

Academic Editor: Per Gårder

Copyright © 2014 Guiliang Zhou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Although the private carpooling market of China has grown rapidly, it has been embarrassed by problems such as obstructed information, disordered expense, and frequent crimes currently. In this paper, a commute carpooling program based on fixed time and routes is designed and corresponding carpooling information platform is built to realize information retrieval, information matching, and mutual selection and evaluation. We have practiced the program in Huaian, China, and then evaluated it using the improved time-expense impedance model and VISSIM simulation system. The result shows that the carpooling program can reduce 65%~86% of the time-expense impedance and optimize some network parameters up to 20%~40%. Since it will help in reducing the travel time and cost greatly, improving safety and economy during carpooling, and easing the traffic congestion, it is a worthy carpooling mode to be extended in China.