Design and implementation of a smartphone-based travel survey

Safi, Hamid, Assemi, Behrang, Mesbah, Mahmoud, Ferreira, Luis and Hickman, Mark (2015) Design and implementation of a smartphone-based travel survey. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2526 2526: 99-107. doi:10.3141/2526-11

Author Safi, Hamid
Assemi, Behrang
Mesbah, Mahmoud
Ferreira, Luis
Hickman, Mark
Title Design and implementation of a smartphone-based travel survey
Journal name Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0361-1981
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3141/2526-11
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 2526
Issue 2526
Start page 99
End page 107
Total pages 9
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher U.S. National Research Council * Transportation Research Board
Language eng
Subject 2205 Civil and Structural Engineering
2210 Mechanical Engineering
Abstract This paper introduces a smartphone-based system for performing personal travel data collection. The Smartphone-Based Individual Travel Survey System (SITSS), is designed to deal with the challenges associated with applying smartphones in real-world travel surveys, including battery depletion, participant involvement, and privacy concerns. A prompted-recall smartphone-based data collection approach was used in the development of SITSS to facilitate the procedure of data collection while improving the accuracy of collected data. The system was used as part of the national household travel survey of New Zealand to investigate the various aspects of performing a national-level travel survey with smartphones. The study confirmed the successful performance of SITSS in a multiday travel survey. Participants found the data collection procedure an interesting experience, and 71% continued their participation beyond the requested data collection interval. Participants found that the procedure of data collection was straightforward—94% could complete the task without any support request. The smartphone application did not interrupt the normal use of the smartphone. The battery-saving algorithms used in the application was satisfactorily extended the battery life. The study addressed other challenges associated with implementing SITSS, including the procedure for labeling trips, respondents’ experience with the data collection method, and concerns related to the performance of the smartphone application.
Keyword Engineering, Civil
Transportation Science & Technology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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