On Demand Bus (オン・デマンド バス)

Countries: 
Japan
Implemented by: 
University of Tokyo
Type of Implementer(s): 
Academic Institution
Relevant MIPAA Issues: 
II-1 (Health promotion and well-being throughout life)
III-1 (Housing and the living environment)
Description: 

The On-Demand Bus system is a digital bus-reservation system. It can be used by all persons, including older persons, living in communities where access to publica transportation is limited. Passengers who would like to take the bus need to send in an e-mail to place a reservation. (Older persons can use an easy-to-use device especially designed for this purpose.) The computer automatically compiles all the requests received, calculates the most efficient route to pick up and drop off all the passengers at various locations, and sends back to each passenger the estimated arrival time of the bus at their door step. The system efficiently reduces the travelling time and maximizes the mobility of older persons.