Toyota, others develop AI-assisted taxi dispatch

Jiji Press NAGOYA (Jiji Press) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that it and three other companies have developed a system to predict taxi demand with artificial intelligence.

The four firms aim to launch the system that helps taxi dispatches in fiscal 2018 from April, hoping that it will help raise taxi occupancy rates and cut customers’ waiting times.

The three partners are mobile phone carrier KDDI Corp., taxi dispatch app developer JapanTaxi Co. and management consulting company Accenture Japan Ltd.

The AI-assisted taxi dispatch support system predicts taxi demand by area based on information including taxi service log data, flows of people, weather, public transport service availability and events at large facilities. Updated predictions on the numbers of customers and vacant taxis will be shown every 30 minutes on maps with 500-meter grids on tablet computers.

A test of the system with past data showed prediction accuracy of 94.1 percent, Toyota said.

In a trial that began in Tokyo last month, taxi drivers’ daily sales increased some 20 percent on average, it said.

After the effectiveness of the system is confirmed with more taxis in the trial, the system will be put into practical use mainly in the capital and other metropolitan areas using a JapanTaxi taxi dispatch app.Speech

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