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WITH: Carpooling can reduce the taxi fleet in New York to 3,000. However, in a new MIT survey, scientists suggest that only 3,000 carpooling options - be it a conventional taxi, a Uber/Lyft vehicle, or a robotic cabin in the making - could do the same thing if each could accommodate up to four people. If all the travellers were willing to divide their journeys with nine other foreigners in exchange for less transport and lower costs, the town would only need 2,000 such cars.

MIT' s "secret sauce," as senior scientist Daniela Rus puts it in theceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is an algorithms her research staff has designed to find the most effective carpool ing paths to collect and transport a number of people in a ride. First of all, all inquiries and available cars are displayed on a chart in near future.

All possible travel arrangements are then analysed to find the best one before allocating guests to each car. When a new requirement occurs during the first journey, the system will calculate whether a taxi should collect this new Party. In order to test the algorithms, the teams carried out simulation with GPS publicly available information on 3 million taxi trips in Manhattan from one weekend in 2013.

When they found that if each driver's cabin could carry up to four different people, the waiting period per person would be 2 on half that number. Seven and a half minute, and each driver's ride would be about two and a half hours later. By taxi or minibus, which can carry 10 people, the waiting period would be increased to about 2.8 min, while the delay of the journey would be on 3 min on all.

Five mins. According to the scientists, the algorithms would work with any ride-sharing vehicle, and even with autonomic coaches. To say nothing of this, he added that it could make folks doubt the viability of a 10-person cabin that could be diverted several routes to take nine more. The New York taxi and limousine commission has never tried carpooling before.

During the first two day of the programme, only other reporters were present at the three pick-up points. Thus I turned to folks who called their own taxis, pretending to go in the same way and suggested sharing. When I was refused for the twelfth or thirteenth year, I suggested paying the entire price - not a taxi fee, a taxi delicacy.

It just made them more scared. Finally I drove around in the back of my own taxi with the windows open, screaming, "Come on, get in!" to everyone with a finger in the breeze. Russia recognizes that their research teams will do more research to find out what other terms will work.

"It' s really quite a general thing, and it was transcribed into this particular trial, but that doesn't mean this is the only thing it can do," she says. "It is a math method to compare the advantages of carpooling for all those involved in the unavoidable compromises, and different places would have to choose how to do it.

Although not all towns will see such dramatic results, she added, even taking a more humble number of cars off the road can make a big deal of difference.