# Ubiquitous Computing.

I was wondering about this for quite a while now, I hope i get something new by throwing question out to you guys.

How can we better the 21st century transport scheduling system? Because can it be made more smarter?

Note by Mathews James
5 years, 2 months ago

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Well , I am not the traveling type so I guess I can't comment here . But I'd very much like to know about other people's views !

What are your ideas sir ?

- 5 years, 2 months ago

Hmm.. that is a question of great practical importance. Well, I have faced problems in the past with the public transport system in my city(kochi, kerala, India).

The problem here is that the transport system is not well equipped for rush hour traffic. Get out to the highway around 6.30 pm, you'll reach your destination at 9, get out at 8:45, you'll still reach at 9. Being largely unplanned, kochi never had a well planned public transport system. And since we have a metro rail project in process, there are even more detours and blockades. So what I want to know is whether transport scheduling systems could adapt to these changes. Rush hours are predictable, but when it comes to maintenance works and things of that sort, can a scheduling system accommodate these as well?

- 5 years, 2 months ago

Sorry guys been working away from my computer. Basically i was thinking of these -

1) positon of transport vehicles is determined by automated positioning technology eg. GPS .. 2)Routes of vehicles are available 3)vehicles( i am talking about bus or trains) can tag locations that they anticipate will change the schedule of the other vehicles in the vicinity. Anticipated schedule change. 4)vehicles be re-routed and re-scheduled dynamically based on "Schedule change" locations. 5) If the capacity of the bus/train does not meet the number of people waiting on route to board the same. There are a few more but just working on this for now. In my opinion a system architecture that makes use of distributed computing ,iHCI, and a using a smart environment ( maybe embedded devices). Not really sure if @Raghav Vaidyanathan Kochi uses a smart environment for transport or just a historic pre-set route. if the traffic lights could communicate,anticipate traffic that can be used in real time by bus drivers and travelers?

Well I am stuck as well like you guys, and need to come up with an architecture. Regardless a good topic for discussion cheers.

- 5 years, 2 months ago

and @Shashwat Shukla , I am working under the assumption that no one has choppers. 8-)

- 5 years, 2 months ago

Makes things that much harder then(P.S: I was just fooling about, sorry if I might have gone off topic)

- 5 years, 2 months ago

Kochi uses a historic pre-set route. And yes, what you are saying definitely makes sense. I've thought about it. Almost makes it seem like a living organism. But both of us know that it will be very challenging to implement. I'm no expert at all this, but what you are talking about is very similar to the "internet of things" where everything can communicate between each other. I think 3) leaves a lot of room for human error? Not all anticipation leads to the real thing. Also, I would like to add onto 5), the converse may also happen, when number of people are much lesser than anticipated, you wouldn't need multiple vehicles for 2 or 3 people.

- 5 years, 2 months ago

A revolution in transport technology is really what we need.

- 5 years, 2 months ago