Passenger comfort is a major factor influencing a commuter's decision to avail public transport. Existing studies suggest that factors like overcrowding, jerkiness, traffic congestion etc. correlate well to passenger's (dis)comfort. An online survey conducted with more than 300 participants from 12 different countries reveals that different personalized and context dependent factors influence passenger comfort during a travel by public transport. Leveraging on these findings, we identify correlations between comfort level and these dynamic parameters, and implement a smartphone based application, ComfRide, which recommends the most comfortable route based on user's preference honoring her travel time constraint. We use a 'Dynamic Input/Output Automata' based composition model to capture both the wide varieties of comfort choices from the commuters and the impact of environment on the comfort parameters. Evaluation of ComfRide, involving 50 participants over 28 routes in a state capital of India, reveals that recommended routes have on average 30% better comfort level than Google map recommended routes, when a commuter gives priority to specific comfort parameters of her choice.

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Keywords Route recommendation, City transports, Dynamic Input/Output Automata
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1145/3240323.3240359
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Verma, R, Ghosh, S, Saketh, M, Ganguly, N, Mitra, B, & Chakraborty, S. (2018). ComfRide: A smartphone based system for comfortable public transport recommendation. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (pp. 181–189). doi:10.1145/3240323.3240359