MIT Real-Time Rides Research
Welcome to MIT Real-Time Rides Research! We are a group of transportation researchers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering studying the opportunities and barriers to increased rideshare participation. The team is looking at various models of rideshare service provision, from the more traditional pre-arranged rideshare trips, to mobile device enabled, real-time ridesharing, to ad-hoc or casual ridesharing. Through our initial research and interviews, we’ve seen that ridesharing has a strong intuitive appeal (more efficient use of transport infrastructure, improved energy security, improved energy efficiency, reduced negative environmental impacts, improved economic productivity through decreased vehicle congestion) yet, continues to suffer from numerous economic and psychological concerns not the least of which are personal privacy and security concerns. With that background, the MIT research team aims to identify barriers to improved rideshare participation and develop some ideas on how to overcome them. Please see our Research Background & Purpose for further details.
As part of our research, we will be hosting the Real-Time Rides Workshop involving rideshare service providers, technology providers, the public sector and the academic community to share ideas. The MIT research team is collaborating with Dr. James (Jim) Morris from Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley to host the workshop. Please visit the Real-Time Rides Workshop page for further details.
For those from the MIT community looking for rideshare / carpool opportunities, we encourage you to visit the MIT Facilities Commuting Options page.
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