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Rural ride software plan

Software which will allow people in rural areas to advertise their travel requirements before being automatically linked with potential transport options for their journey is being developed by Aberdeen University. The three-year project will also bring together timetable and contact information on all of the transport providers within a given geographical area – including bus and taxi companies.

John Nelson, director of the university’s centre for transport research, says: “For rural dwellers without access to a private car, transport choices can be limiting – for example only 57 per cent of households in rural areas are within a 13-minute walk of an hourly or better bus service.

“The software would enable a more integrated and co-ordinated approach to transport services within rural communities by pulling together information on all of the transport provisions within a given geographical area – from bus to private taxis.

“Those seeking transport would post details of their intended trip – including the date, time and the estimated cost they would be willing to pay for their journey. The software would then automatically ‘match-make’ the passenger with the various transport options available to them.”

www.abdn.ac.uk



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