Continuously updatable computer-generated routes with continuously configurable virtual bus stops for passenger ride-sharing of a fleet of ride-sharing vehicles and computer transportation systems and computer-implemented methods for use thereof

  • US 10,677,604 B1
  • Filed: 12/14/2018
  • Issued: 06/09/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/20/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for routing a ridesharing vehicle, the system comprising:

  • memory for storing historic ridesharing demand data associated with a geographic locale;

    at least one processor configured to access the memory and to;

    receive ride requests of a plurality of users headed to differing destinations, wherein each ride request includes an origin point and a destination point;

    receive current vehicle location data for a plurality of ridesharing vehicles within the geographic locale, where the current vehicle location data includes global positioning system (GPS) data generated by at least one GPS component of at least one electronic computing device associated with each ridesharing vehicle;

    determine, based on the current vehicle location data and the received ride requests, a ridesharing vehicle to pick up at least one of the users;

    select virtual bus stops for the ridesharing vehicle, including a first virtual bus stop for picking up the at least one user and a second virtual bus stop for dropping off the at least one user;

    use the historic ridesharing demand data to identify at least one high demand area in the geographical locale;

    select a route from the first virtual bus stop to the second virtual bus stop, wherein the selected route passes through the at least one identified high demand area; and

    direct the ridesharing vehicle to travel along the selected route for picking up the at least one user at the first virtual bus stop and dropping off the at least one user at the second virtual bus stop.

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