Carpoolers Need Meeting Places, Not Databases


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Makes the case that a new approach to carpooling could save over one hundred million gallons of gasoline per year.

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Carpoolers Need Meeting Places, Not Databases

  1. 1. Carpoolers Need Meeting Places, Not Databases Presentation to support requests for budget for trials of flexible car pooling By Paul Minett, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Trip Convergence Ltd
  2. 2. The Problem <ul><li>Peak traffic demand is plugging up the roads </li></ul><ul><li>Peak commuter demand is filling the buses and trains </li></ul><ul><li>We cannot afford to expand the system </li></ul><ul><li>Also issues of: </li></ul><ul><li>Air Quality, </li></ul><ul><li>Global Warming, </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Security, </li></ul><ul><li>Vehicle Miles Traveled, </li></ul>
  3. 3. But there are plenty of empty seats in the system! I would carpool if I could just find someone who travels at the same time as me
  4. 4. Solution Number One: Internet Based Ride Matching Systems So People Can Find Others Who Travel At The Same Time They Do Key Reason People Give For Not Car Pooling: “ I have a schedule that is not predictable, I don’t want to be tied to someone else’s schedule” Result: Ride Matching Systems have limited impact. “Databases don’t work!”
  5. 5. Casual Car Pooling in San Francisco saves 900,000 gallons of gas per year. Slug Lines in Washington DC save 2,000,000 gallons of gas per year. (23 meeting places, no database) (22 meeting places, no database)
  6. 6. The key difference between Internet-based ride matching systems and casual carpooling is that the former involves pre-arrangement and a commitment, while the latter does not. It seems reasonable to expect that people will only share rides with people whom they know. This turns out not to be the case. Our goal is to find out what it takes to launch a casual carpooling route in a new location: How do we get the benefit that San Francisco is getting, in Seattle, or Portland, or Vancouver, or Los Angeles?
  7. 7. Proposed Research Program: six trial locations, $2M <ul><li>Test our hypothesis ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Modify and try different environments </li></ul><ul><li>Success would enable significant savings in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demand for Fuel (>100 million gallons per year) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Transport Costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System Expansion Costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Example Project: Houghton Park and Ride to University of Washington, Seattle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SR520 Bridge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps solve UW parking </li></ul></ul>We believe that 10,000 users daily is achievable in Seattle region alone.
  9. 9. Challenges <ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Agencies prefer pilots to occur ‘somewhere else’ </li></ul><ul><li>Not a traditional transport project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More similar to vanpooling </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Analysis of $2m budget (6 x $275K) + $350K = $2 M
  11. 11. Contact <ul><li>Paul Minett </li></ul><ul><li>Trip Convergence Ltd </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>32 Green Lane East, Remuera, Auckland 1050, New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: +64 9 524 9850 </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile: +64 21 289 8444 in NZ, </li></ul><ul><li>206 631 9702 in USA (when in USA) </li></ul><ul><li>More Information: </li></ul>