BusBuzzard and WideWorld : decreasing the uncertainty of multimodal transportation
Bus Buzzard and Wide World : decreasing the uncertainty of multimodal transportation
Decreasing the uncertainty of multimodal transportation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture. Program in Media Arts and Sciences.
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Recent research has found that in some cases travel time variance is more important than mean travel time in travel mode choice. This implies shared infrastructure transportation modes prone to service unreliability stand at a disadvantage even if they are on average faster than automobile travel. Real-time status and historical availability statistics gleaned from vehicle instrumentation provide a natural complement to such systems, reducing travel uncertainty without the infrastructural investment normally required to increase reliability. I present two projects that explore the idea that a web-work of data-producing shared infrastructure joined by user-facing traveler information systems comprise an aggregate transportation mode competitive with automobile transit. The first, WideWorld, is a multimodal trip planner incorporating real time bicycle share availability. The second, Bus Buzzard draws on millions of bus GPS fixes to generate probabilistic bus schedules in some cases more reliable than printed schedules.
Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2014.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.109Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 59-68).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture. Program in Media Arts and Sciences.; Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Architecture. Program in Media Arts and Sciences.