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A Force-directed Approach to Seeking Route Recommendation in Ride-on-demand Service Using Multi-source Urban Data

S. Guo, C. Chen, J. Wang, Y. Ding, Y. Liu, X. Ke, Z. Yu, and D. Zhang

IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2020. Download

The rapidly-growing business of ride-on-demand (RoD) service such as Uber, Lyft and Didi proves the effectiveness of theirnew service model – using mobile apps and dynamic pricing to coordinate between drivers, passengers and the service provider, tomanipulate the supply and demand, and to improve service responsiveness as well as quality. Despite its success, dynamic pricingcreates a new problem for drivers: how to seek for passengers to maximize revenue under dynamic prices. Seeking routerecommendation has already been studied extensively in traditional taxi service, but most studies do not consider the effects of taxisand passengers on the seeking taxi simultaneously. Further, in RoD service it is necessary to consider more factors such as dynamicprices, the status of other transportation services, etc. In this paper, we employ a force-directed approach to model, by analogy, therelationship between vacant cars and passengers as that between positive and negative charges in electrostatic field. We extractfeatures from multi-source urban data to describe dynamic prices, the status of RoD, taxi and public transportation services, andincorporate them into our model. The model is then used in route recommendation in every intersection so that a driver in a vacantRoD car knows which road segment to take next. We conduct extensive experiments based on our multi-source urban data, includingRoD service operational data, taxi GPS trajectory data and public transportation distribution data, and results not only show that ourapproach outperforms existing baselines, but also justify the need to incorporate multi-source urban data and dynamic prices.

A Force-directed Approach to Seeking Route Recommendation in Ride-on-demand Service Using Multi-source Urban Data
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@article{guo2020force,

  title={A Force-directed Approach to Seeking Route Recommendation in Ride-on-demand Service Using Multi-source Urban Data},

  author={Guo, Suiming and Chen, Chao and Wang, Jingyuan and Ding, Yan and Liu, Yaxiao and Ke, Xu and Yu, Zhiwen and Zhang, Daqing},

  journal={IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing},

  year={2020},

  publisher={IEEE}

}