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Characterising Annual Behaviour of Carsharing Users in Montreal

Hanieh Baradaran Kashani and Martin Trépanier

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Carsharing is one of the emerging modes of transportation in the recent years, as a pointer to the fact that owning a private car is not all we need for the sake of travelling. Using k-means clustering and Principal Component Analysis, the purpose of this paper is to study the behaviour of the Communauto regular-service carsharing users in Montreal over a year (2014) and find the usage patterns in each cluster. Also, by having the Communauto customer features available, the characteristics of the customers in each cluster will be defined, which eventually ends in customer profiles. The k-means clustering results show that the Communauto regular-service carsharing users are divided into nine different clusters. Some of the clusters patterns are similar during the weeks and some are similar during a year, but none of them are similar during week and year. So, each cluster has a unique usage pattern over the weeks and the year. Furthermore, the resulting clusters are ordered from highly intensive users to the occasional ones based on the frequency of carsharing usage over one year.

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Carsharing, User Behaviour, Clustering, Principal Component Analysis (PCA)

Subjects: 1000 Civil engineering > 1003 Transportation engineering
Department: Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Research Center: CIRRELT - Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation
Funders: Communauto, CRSNG / NSERC
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/10641/
Conference Title: World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2019)
Conference Location: Mumbai, India
Conference Date(s): 2019-05-26 - 2019-05-31
Editors: Fusun Ulengİn, Gopal R. Patil, Ozay Ozaydin, Lóránt Tavasszy and Ashish Verma
Journal Title: Transportation Research Procedia (vol. 48)
Publisher: Science Direct
DOI: 10.1016/j.trpro.2020.08.175
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trpro.2020.08.175
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2023 11:01
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 03:13
Cite in APA 7: Kashani, H. B., & Trépanier, M. (2019, May). Characterising Annual Behaviour of Carsharing Users in Montreal [Paper]. World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2019), Mumbai, India. Published in Transportation Research Procedia, 48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trpro.2020.08.175

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