A New Method for Collecting Trip Information in Travel Behavior Research
This article presents a new method for collecting travel behavior data, based on a combination of GPS tracking and SMS technology, coined the SMS–GPS-Trip method. The state-of-the-art method for collecting data for activity based traffic models is a combination of travel diaries and GPS tracking data, an approach which is not well suited for capturing data on experiences surrounding trips. Currently increasing research is being done on how to incorporate such data in traffic models, and there is therefore a need for a method, which is suited to collect such data. The new method presented in this article builds on ideas from experience sampling methods (ESM) and it is well suited specifically for collecting such experience data. Given the use of SMS technology, this method makes it possible to reach a wide range of respondents. The usefulness of the new method is proven on a theoretical level and illustrated in practice through a case study.
Telecommunications Policy, 2015, Vol 39, Issue 3-4, p. 363-373