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Inter modal routing parameters: what information is needed in the context of an inter modal trip advice and how can information be used?

Bronsveld, J. (2012) Inter modal routing parameters: what information is needed in the context of an inter modal trip advice and how can information be used?

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Abstract:Route advices are given many times every day. Sometimes by people along the streets, sometimes by navigation programs on smartphones or navigation devices or on the internet where an itinerary is given for a trip. Most of these advices a strictly for one type of mode only, the personal mode or the shared modes. In this paper the development of a route advice system that is capable of mixing both personal and shared modes is researched; an inter modal routing advice system. In this paper the parameters on which a route advice system is based are discussed. What parameters are needed for such a system and can they be differentiated on different levels of importance? The meta-analysis is performed on the parameters that are found in a research and practice study. The current status is based on a literature research and a review of the different advice systems available at the internet. The literature research is to find the latest developments and reviews on route advice systems, both on personal modes as on shared modes and the inter modal advice systems that are already discussed in the literature. The practice study is to find the best practices and latest developments from the side of the producers and developers. Together the results of these reviews are assessed in a meta-analysis to see what parameters are most commonly used. The outcome is that time, cost and location related aspects are the most common aspects in the different systems. The activity theory is performed on different scenarios to break apart the process that travellers undertake when they make an inter modal trip. By examining the different steps and extract what type of information is used or given during the different steps of the trip, it is made sure that all the aspects that are needed during a trip are taken into account. Hereby checking if all aspects that are used in practice are accounted for in the meta-analysis; the same aspects are found as in the meta-analysis. The last part of the research is an expert interview with consultants and a route advice system producer. Not only is the current status discussed, but also future developments. These interviews reveal several aspects that are not mentioned before or are not revealed in the meta-analysis. Weather, convenience and interchange related aspects are revealed, as well as reasons why several aspects are not incorporated in current route advice systems. The aspects found in this research are aggregated and prioritized in a matrix which has two scales. One scale based on the different timeframes and one scale based on how much the aspects are needed. Is the aspect critical to provide a route advice, or does it improve a route advice.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
MRK Management Consultants
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:55 traffic technology, transport technology
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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