Texxi is a large-scale, real-time, dynamic ridesharing system that allows users to request seats in a taxi, carpool or indeed any vehicle using a mobile phone (SMS, Smartphone app), geolocation, a social network and a Futures Exchange.
Texxi aggregates individuals into shared vehicles who are seeking rides to closely located destinations at similar times via SMS/smartphone messaging/web/email, a social network and futures exchange. Thus Texxi enables the dynamic pricing and allocation of any of the seats in any vehicle also allowing passengers to rate one another and their vehicle and driver to make the experience pleasurable.
The system is based on credit contagion modelling from 2003 - 2004. Patent Pending (USPTO11/485,164) - July 2006, predating claims by Facebook, Foursquare, Google, IBM, Xerox PARC and Cisco.
The system takes in passenger message requests from a variety of devices and using our methods and algorithms groups passengers with similar itineraries into vehicles travelling to the same or closely located destinations.
This means solving a version of the generic vehicle problem with time-variant windows in realtime and we do this with genetic algorithms / geocoding. This is not trivial.
US Patent Application 20080015923 | Serial No.: 485164 | Series Code: 11 | Filed: July 12, 2006
Masaba; Eric January 17, 2008 - "Taxi dispatch system"
A method of transportation, comprising advertising to obtain customers to text or e-mail requests for transportation and receiving requests by text messaging for a ride from potential customers for transportation is disclosed.
Inventors: Masaba; Eric; (GB)
The invention relates to systems for providing transportation to individuals using, for example, automobiles while optimizing vehicle utilization, gas consumption and time consumption. In accordance with the invention, text messaging, through the use of, for example, ordinary cellular telephones, or through the use of handheld Internet communication devices or the like, is used to access a data processor, which, in turn, provides certain answers to the text messages, schedules drivers, pickup locations and pickup times, and provides certain checks to ensure that patrons show up