ways2go, 4. Call (2011)


The project PROVAMO develops prototypes for automatic mobility surveys with mobile devices such as smartphones or passive GPS trackers. For this purpose, the project team will incorporate findings, methods and technologies resulted from previous ways2go research projects. The goal is to merge and advance individual project innovations to a holistic approach for collecting and analysing mobility data such as covered trips and modal choice. The prototypes will be evaluated and demonstrated in a large-scale field test under realistic operational conditions. The survey methods developed in the course of PROVAMO permit a continuous acquisition of mobility data and lead to an improved data basis for city and traffic planning.

Information about daily travel behaviour such as covered trips, modal choice or travel times are of major interest for city and traffic planners. Travel surveys provide essential data for optimising traffic systems regarding attractiveness and efficiency of transport infrastructure. In Austria, the last nation-wide travel survey was conducted in 1995. Therefore, current mobility data yields mostly an incomplete picture due to limited coverage and inadequate updates. Innovative and technologically supported survey tools will improve the data basis and will keep it up to date. GPS-based handheld devices are currently used in surveys, because they are able to cover very short trips, which may be unreported with traditional questionnaire-based methods (CATI, CAPI or web-based surveys). Moreover, the usage of smartphones and their embedded sensor data (from GPS, accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes) allows a large-scale automated acquisition of mobility behaviour. Robust and valid data evaluation methods can mitigate costs and efforts for survey conductors and probands.
PROVAMO will primarily focus on merging and advancing know-how and developments gained from the projects MobiFit, MASI-Activ, MODE, MOTION-FF, NEMO-PHONE and Smart-Mo, which were funded in the scope of the third ways2go call. The portfolio of methods and technologies will be applied for developing prototypes for smartphones and passive GPS trackers that can be used for innovative acquisition of mobility data. The prototypes will be evaluated and demonstrated in a large-scale field test under realistic operational conditions. Based on the evaluation of test results and interviews with probands, the project team will derive recommendations for a future application in large-scale surveys.
Local authorities, traffic operators, research institutions and persons involved in traffic planning, modeling, simulation and infrastructure usage will benefit from valid and up-to-date mobility data. The methods developed are applicable to the entire mobility chain and can be transferred to all traffic networks, even beyond Austria.