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PEEC Sustainable Transportation Seminar - Scoop: Carpooling at Work
Shared-use mobility has surged over the last decade redefining how people move in urban areas. Reported benefits of shared-use mobility systems include reductions of car ownership and vehicle usage, increased network connectivity, and encouragement of multimodal transit uses. In spite of this, traffic congestion and hours spent in gridlock keep rising, having major economic impacts. In the US, the delays due to traffic congestion have a price tag of $160 billion dollars per year, or $960 per commuter, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard.
To ease congestion, the existing resources can be used more efficiently, for example, increasing vehicle occupancy on major corridors via carpooling. Scoop offers a carpooling solution for the modern commuter. The Scoop app automatically connects co-workers and neighbors to share their commute. Commuters select each trip one way at a time and choose whether to drive or ride along. Scoop’s algorithm matches them in a carpool trip for the most efficient commute.
Since launching in August 2015, Scoop has made more than 350,000 carpools. During this talk, we will discuss the key success drivers and how Scoop makes carpooling work.
Robert Regué leads the research efforts at Scoop. His main focus is on the development of the Scoop matching algorithm. He joined Scoop after getting his PhD in Transportation Engineering from the Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California, Irvine.