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Onboard Perspective on Context-aware Travel Support for Disturbances in Public Transport

Exploring how travel planners can use information related to traveller needs and context

The aim of this project is to explore how future travel planners can make use of new types of information related to traveller needs, preferences and context. This to improve the transport replanning for travellers. Such information may be generated by IoT-based systems, or derive from travellers interacting with their travel planners.

The particular focus of this project concerns the situation when a traveller with specific needs or preferences is travelling with a public transport vehicle and needs to replan the continued journey (e.g. due to disturbances). Hence, the project intends to contribute to the following research questions: “What are the potential benefits and risks with a context-aware, personalized travel planner?” and “What is a suitable solution for a context-aware, personalized travel planner, and how can it be realized?” The first question focuses on potential benefits in terms of enabled information provision and effects, as well as potential risks, for instance related to privacy aspects. The second question explores different technical alternatives and their requirements, including the information exchange and coordination required between different operators and between operators and travellers.

Application area: Smart Transport

Partners: Skånetrafiken, Swedish Transport Administration, Nobina, Samtrafiken, Transdev, and Malmö University.

Project period: 2018

Funding: The project is funded by Vinnova, Formas and Trafikverket through K2, Sweden’s national center for research and education on public transport.

Contact: The project is coordinated by Åse Jevinger, IOTAP, Malmö University.

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