Washington, DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has launched a platform for riders to track taxis and limos in real-time.
Known as an application program interface (API), the software provides a visual representation of where the taxis and limos are and can also show the identification numbers of specific vehicles. Five developers, including TransitScreen and Redmon Group, have registered to use the service.
“It’s difficult to list all the benefits of our APIs, but it’s important to note that economic impact is among them,” DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah said in a statement. “Whether we facilitate the transport of business leaders or government officials to meetings, or ensure that a visitor enjoys a seamless sightseeing experience, the apps our APIs make possible can help ensure the District remains a commerce and tourism center.”
Seaberry developed a brand-recognition campaign for the DC Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV). The DFHV replaced the former DC Taxi Commission, which was responsible for the regulation of the city’s taxi fleet, maintaining a status quo of pricing and policies that favored drivers in a one-choice industry.
The DFHV ensures there is choice, competition and innovation across DC’s new transportation ecosystem, which now includes taxis, limousines, private vehicles-for-hire and ride-sharing platforms such as Uber, Lyft and Via. DFHV’s aggressive strategy in recent years has become a model for forward-thinking governments adopting plans to treat “transportation as a service” (TaaS). Ernest Chrappah, DFHV’s director, believes that reinventing modes of transportation is essential to promote job growth, seed entrepreneurship and reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, the strategy is necessary to make transportation in the District meaningfully accessible for the aged, veterans, people with disabilities and those who cannot afford current options.
Furthermore, the strategy provides a foundation to address increasing congestion and the lack of available space to build new parking facilities or light rail in many cities. Chrappah was recently named International Regulator of the Year by the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR).
Seaberry worked closely with DFHV to develop the “Evolution of the Ride” marketing campaign to raise awareness about the DFHV’s “disruption,” which is transforming the agency’s focus to entrepreneurship from growth-stifling regulation.
The challenge was helping people understand the agency’s transportation evolution from taxicab and limousine regulator to transportation innovator, bringing novel strategies to the marketplace to provide convenient, comfortable and safe access to rides.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The rise of self-driving cars is set to dramatically alter the way we move around cities in the future.
In particular, private car ownership is expected to shift toward shared mobility services, with vehicle fleet operators offering on-demand transportation. This should help to reduce traffic in urban areas and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
For these services to grow, however, accurate and computationally efficient algorithms will be needed to effectively match individuals with on-demand vehicles, in order to cope with the hundreds of thousands of trips that are routinely made within large cities.
But researchers have yet to solve the problem of how best to size and operate a fleet of vehicles, given a particular level of demand for personal mobility.
Now, in a paper published today in the journal Nature, a team of researchers coordinated by Carlo Ratti, director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab, unveil a computationally efficient solution to this problem, which they dub the “minimum fleet problem.”