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GNSS-based carpool scheme for Delhiites

New Delhi, India: Delhi State’s transport department in association with Mega Car Pool Private Limited, launched ‘carpooling initiative.’ Now, Delhiites can enrol for the scheme by registering with the service provider. Each member will be given a tablet, a mini computer like device, to be installed in the vehicle and a smartcard bearing his/her photograph.

When the member needs a ride, he/she needs to call the centralised helpline number of the service provider to requisition a ride. The request will flash on tablets installed in the cars of all members driving in that area, who will be tracked through a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) fitted in the device. Members driving in that direction can offer a ride to the person who requested service.

To make the system secure, the photograph and details of persons who are offering the ride and those who are getting the ride will be exchanged between the members using the backend server. To keep the exchange of system fair, the subscriber will maintain a miles account for every member. When a card holder will get into another member’s car, the smartcard will have to be flashed before the GNSS device.

The mileage till the drop-off point is added to the account of the car owner and subtracted from that of the other. Every member can give lifts and redeem the mileage points earned by taking lifts from other users.

According to Kamal Kumar, founder chairperson of Mega Car Pool Private Limited, the operator, the service has been kicked off and the devices are already available. The call centre is also operational.

The tablet, which will be connected to internet via a mobile SIM card, has facilities to book movie, rail and air tickets online, check emails, GPS maps, panic button, check stock prices, order flowers, book a table at a restaurant or a salon appointment, or order DVDs.

Source: TOI