Using GPS technology for demand data collection

Using GPS technology for demand data collection

Travel demand data is a necessary basis for urban mobility planning, but especially in developing and emerging economies data availability is often weak or non-existing. The Global Positioning System (GPS) technology offers a cheap alternative for data collection to traditional diary or survey methods. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of the approach? What kind of postprocessing of GPS data is needed in order to determine trips, mode choice and trip purposes?Speed patternsSpeed patterns of different Transport modes.

MapOverview on tracking of GPS data and the identification of Transport modes.

SUTP team member Jakob Baum has teamed up with Enrico Howe from the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) to elaborate on these questions. Their article has now been published by the journal “International Transportation”.


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