Feature #5: Uber Pool

Implementing the "Uber Pool" feature for our "Uber" project.


Uber pool allows a passenger to share the car with other passengers on their journey. In return, each passenger pays less than what they would pay for their own car. However, passengers in a pooled ride are not predetermined. As a pool customer is taking a ride, more pool ride requests may arrive. The driver will have the option to pick up those new passengers to pool the ride. It is quite possible that a customer gets the entire ride to themselves because no one else along their ride’s route requested an Uber pool.

Let’s say a driver has picked up a pool customer and is at a checkpoint. There are multiple routes to the passenger’s destination, and the likelihood of finding another pool customer on each route may be different. Based on these likelihoods, we have assigned metrics to each route to the destination. We don’t want to always suggest the route with the highest probability because it might not necessarily be the best option. Instead, we want to suggest a route randomly picked from the available routes to the destination in proportion to the metric assigned to the route. That way, high probability routes are more likely to be selected, but other routes will also be selected.

We’ll be provided with an array where the index represents a route that the driver can take for finding another pool customer. The values in the array represent the likelihood metrics assigned to each route. We want the route with a higher likelihood to get higher weightage during selection.

Let’s understand this better with an illustration:

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