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Agent Based Modeling for Simulation of Taxi Services

Josep Maria Salanova Grau1, Miquel Angel Estrada Romeu2, Evangelos Mitsakis2, and Iraklis Stamos2
1. Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Hellenic Institute of Transport, Thessaloniki, Greece
2. Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Abstract—This paper presents an agent based model for simulating taxi services in urban areas. The three operation modes (hailing, stand and dispatching) are modeled and tested in the Sioux Falls network. Taxi models presented in the literature are divided into aggregated and equilibrium models, with a very small presence of simulation models. The different programmed modules are presented together with the behavior rules of the agents. Performance indicators are calculated for each operation mode and compared in terms of driver earnings, user cost and vacant versus occupied time.

Index Terms—Agent based modeling, taxi modeling, taxi services.

Cite: Josep Maria Salanova Grau, Miquel Angel Estrada Romeu, Evangelos Mitsakis, and Iraklis Stamos, "Agent Based Modeling for Simulation of Taxi Services," Journal of Traffic and Logistics Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 159-163,  December 2013. doi: 10.12720/jtle.1.2.159-163
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