Using autonomous vehicles in a taxi service
Technology is described for operating a fleet of autonomous vehicles. A request for a taxi service may be received from a mobile device. The request may include a current location of the mobile device. They request may indicate that the taxi service is to be performed at a current time. An autonomous vehicle may be selected from the fleet of autonomous vehicles to perform the taxi service based in part on an availability of the autonomous vehicle and a proximity between the autonomous vehicle and the current location of the mobile device. Instructions may be provided to the autonomous vehicle to perform the taxi service according to the request. The autonomous vehicle may be configured to provide commands to drive the autonomous vehicle to the current location of the mobile device in order to perform the taxi service.
Publication number: US2015339928A1 | Search similar patents
Device and method for connecting passengers and taxi drivers
The invention relates to the field of processing data specifically pertaining to transportation, and to means of communication, and, in particular, to devices for connecting passengers and taxi drivers, including a server which is adapted for connection, by means of a unified network, to client devices of passengers and to client devices of taxi drivers, said server containing a module for receiving requests, including passenger location coordinates and passenger destination coordinates, which is connected to a database of requests, and a module for receiving proposals from taxi drivers, including taxi driver location coordinates and other parameters, which is connected to a database of proposals, connected by means of a control module to the database of requests, and can be used by users of client devices having access to the Internet for ordering a taxi and by taxi drivers for searching for passengers. According to the invention, the control module contains, connected to one another, a unit for automatically selecting an optimal proposal from a proposal database, and a unit for automatically replacing the optimal proposal with a subsequent proposal following a time delay. The achieved technical result consists in expediting the process of ordering a taxi.
Publication number: WO2015137849A1 | Search similar patents
In-vehicle authorization for autonomous vehicles
Technologies for authorizing a passenger of an autonomous vehicle include determining a passenger authorization policy based on a request for a taxi service and determining whether a passenger is authorized for the taxi service based on the passenger authorization policy. The passenger authorization policy may include a set of rules for authorizing a passenger based on the request for the taxi service and/or a global authorization policy. For example, the passenger may be authorized based on the identity of the passenger, the number of passengers, the age of the passenger, an authentication token, and/or other methodologies. The passenger authorization policy may be generated by the autonomous vehicle in response to the request for a taxi service or received from a passenger authorization management server as part of the request for the taxi service.
Publication number: WO2015099679A1 | Search similar patents
Taxi dispatch system
A system, method and computer program are provided for dispatching taxis. A list of the closest, available taxis is sent to a customer. The customer selects at least one taxi in the list that is to receive a travel request. After one of the taxis has accepted the travel request, a display is provided which indicates the location of the customer and the location of a taxi which has accepted the travel request. Updated location information is periodically submitted to determine updated locations for the customer and taxi throughout the pendency of the travel request.
Publication number: US2012130627A1 | Search similar patents
Pickup car arranging system
Provided is a pickup car arranging system enabling a taxi to find out a user reliably. The system comprises pickup car commanding means (5) for informing a mobile telephone (3) for the taxi decided as the pickup car in a server (1), of the waiting position of the user, and a car navigation device (6) for displaying a user symbol (54) at a corresponding position in a map screen, on the basis of the user waiting position received by the mobile telephone (3) in the taxi (8).
Publication number: WO2007057953A1 | Search similar patents
Method and system for providing taxi services based on the location of the user and the vehicle
The invention relates to a method and a system for providing taxi services or car rental services with a driver, based on showing the location of both the user and the vehicle on an interactive map and the mobile telephone number of the driver so that the user can call the driver directly without any intervention by a third party.
Publication number: WO2016102732A1 | Search similar patents
System for automatically dispatching taxis to client locations
A system and method for dispatcher free vehicle allocation. A client requesting taxi service calls a taxi dispatch center using a cellular phone equipped with a location identification device. The location identification device provides the current location information to the dispatch center. The taxi dispatch center keeps track of available taxis and their locations and stores them in a database. After determining the client location data, a processor searches the available taxis database for a taxi whose location matches the client's location. The client location data is converted to an address and sent to the assigned taxi. The address is displayed on a mobile data terminal in the taxi.
Publication number: US6756913B1 | Search similar patents
Method and system for booking taxi for third party in online taxi hiring system
The present invention relates to a method and system for booking a taxi for a third party in an online taxi hiring system, where a passenger and a taxi-hailing user are different persons. The related system comprises a taxi-hailing user client, a passenger mobile phone, at least one driver-side onboard terminal, and a server providing a taxi hiring service. The method comprises: the taxi-hailing user client, by interacting with the server, issues a request message for booking a taxi for a third party; the server, by interacting with the onboard terminals on taxis, provides taxis accepting the booking; when a taxi is selected by the taxi-hailing user for the passenger, the server generates an order and notifies the taxi being selected and the passenger.
Publication number: WO2016008391A1 | Search similar patents
Method for ordering taxi services using a mobile communication device
A method for ordering taxi service enables ordering of taxi services through mobile communication device. Service providers servicing the area are determined by the central server based on user request which includes pickup location. The central server converts and translates the user request according to preferences of service providers and makes it available to at least one service provider. The service providers may make specific offer for providing services. The central server also converts and translates the offers according to user preferences and makes the offers available to the user. The offers may include the travel starting time, price of the offer, the service providers rating or other parameters specified by the user or the system with option to accept the offer most suitable for the user. The method may be used for ordering other types of occasional transport services.
Publication number: WO2011067741A1 | Search similar patents
Taxi calling system and method based on handheld mobile terminals
A taxi calling system and method based on handheld mobile terminals aim at solving the problem that passengers are difficult to take a taxi and traffic resources are wasted, and taxi calling platforms are difficult to be promoted. The system comprises handheld mobile terminals of passengers, an information processing server and handheld mobile terminals of drivers. The information processing server can receive and store dynamic geographic position information of the handheld mobile terminals of the drivers. By using a handheld mobile terminal of a passenger, the passenger sends taxi-taking order information including taxi-taking geographic position information to the information processing server. According to the taxi-taking order information, the information processing server sends taxi-taking request information to the handheld mobile terminals of the drivers at the region to which the passenger belongs. After receiving the taxi-taking request information, the drivers can compete for the order. Then the driver performs voice or symbol communication with the passenger under the coordination of the information processing server, and confirms pick-up matters, and picks up the passenger. The system and method are convenient for passengers to take a taxi, and reduce the deadhead ratio of taxis, and are easily promoted.
Publication number: WO2013123835A1 | Search similar patents
Taxi operating area familiarity-based dispatching system and method in online taxi hiring
Taxi operating area familiarity-based dispatching system and method in online taxi hiring. The system comprises an onboard terminal, a passenger client, and a dispatch-implementing server. The passenger client transmits to the server a taxi hiring request message, where the message comprises an origin address and a destination address of a passenger; the server receives the taxi hiring request message coming from the passenger client and determines, on the basis of the origin address and the destination address in the request message, a degree of match between an operating area of the request and an operating area with which a taxi is familiar; then, the server sorts taxis by utilizing the degree of match and considering other related information and filters out at least one taxi according to the sorted order; then, the server generates from the taxi hiring request message a dispatch message and pushes same to an onboard terminal of the at least one taxi filtered out; and, the onboard terminal receives the dispatch message and determines whether or not to accept the dispatch on the basis of operating conditions.
Publication number: WO2016023435A1 | Search similar patents
System and method for taxi fare estimation in online taxi hiring system
A method and system for implementing taxi fare estimation in an online taxi hiring system. The system comprises a passenger client (1), an electronic map service system (2), and a server (3) providing a fare estimation function. The passenger client accesses the electronic map service system via an electronic map client and acquires road sections between the origin and destination of a taxi ride and the travel distances and traveling speeds on the road sections (S1001); a fare estimation request message is transmitted to a fare estimation server on the basis of the described data and of a selected car model (S1002); when the fare estimation request message is received by the server, same revises the traveling speed data of the road sections and respectively estimates a travel time for each road section (S1003); the server estimates a taxi fare on the basis of the car model, the estimated travel times, and the travel distances (S1004); and, the server returns a result of the calculation to the client (S1005).
Publication number: WO2016023433A1 | Search similar patents
Method for providing taxi call service using smart device
The present invention relates to a method for providing a taxi call service using a smart device. More specifically, the present invention relates to a method for providing a taxi call service using a smart device, which enables: a passenger to view taxi information, feel safe enough to ride a desired taxi, and minimize the time waiting for the taxi; a taxi driver driving around in an empty taxi to largely reduce energy used while looking for passengers to pick up and receive marketing support through taxi advertisements; a taxi company or a transportation-related department of a local government to receive important information for company management or transportation policy establishment by receiving, in real time, information related to the taxis currently in service.
Publication number: WO2014061856A1 | Search similar patents
Taxi information system
A system for displaying information to drivers of taxis in an operating region that has a plurality of popular destinations includes a display device fixed within each taxi. The display device includes a plurality of selectable information screens that are each adapted to display information received by a transceiver of the display device. A dispatch information system is adapted to transmit dispatching data of the operating region to the display devices of each taxi. A queue information device associated with each of the popular destinations is adapted to transmit queue information to the dispatching information system. Preferably at least one of the selectable information screens includes a map of the operating region, which may be separated into different grids each having a queue length aggregate indicator that indicates the average load time of all of the taxi queues of the popular destinations within that grid.
Publication number: WO2016094313A2 | Search similar patents
Method and system for interactively calling taxi nearby by intelligent mobile apparatus
A method for interactively calling a taxi nearby by intelligent mobile equipment, comprising the step of enabling the intelligent mobile equipment to connect and communicate with a server for managing taxies by a user so as to establish a taxi calling response between the user and a vehicle-mounted terminal of a designated vehicle. The method also comprises the step of enabling the intelligent mobile equipment and the vehicle-mounted terminal of the designated vehicle to indicate the positions of both parties of the taxi calling response by the server respectively after the taxi calling response is established. The method is precise in positioning and convenient for users to selectively call taxi and for taxi drivers to pick up passengers. Both parties of the taxi calling response can obtain the positions of the vehicle and the user via the taxi calling indication, so that the user can conveniently interact with the driver.
Publication number: WO2013113179A1 | Search similar patents