Investigations of outdoor mobility patterns of taxicabs in urban scenarios
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This thesis investigates various outdoor mobility patterns of taxicabs in urban environments based on open-data real traces and it proposes a suitable outdoor mobility model to fit the provided measurement data. This thesis is processing user traces of taxicabs of two major cities: Rome and San Francisco downloaded from CRAWDAD open-source repository, which is responsible for sharing data from real networks and real mobile users across the various research communities around the world. There are numerous sources of collecting traces of users in a city, such as mobile devices, vehicles, smart cards, floating sensors etc. This thesis presents a comparative analysis of the mobility patterns of various taxicabs from Rome and San Francisco cities based on data collected via GPS-enabled mobile devices. Finding suitable mobility models of taxicabs to represent the travelling patterns of users moving from one location to another with respect to their varying time, location and speed can be quite helpful for the advanced researches in the diverse fields of wireless communications, such as better network planning, more efficient smart city design, improved traffic flows in cities. Also other applications such as weather forecasting, cellular coverage planning, e-health services, prediction of tourist areas, intelligent transport systems can benefit from the information hidden in user traces and from being able to find out statistically valid mobility models. The work here focused on extracting various mobility parameters from the crowdsourced open-source data and trying to model them according to various mobility models existing in the literature. The measurement analysis of this thesis work was completed in Matlab.