The purpose of this project was to enhance the development of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology for tourist use by generating appropriate guidelines. Guideline development was based upon a review of the literature and a nationwide survey. The literature review covered a wide range of areas that were relevant to the driving tourist. These areas were: a general overview of tourism; tourism and the tourist role; travel motivation and tourist preferences; tourist health; social and cultural impacts of tourism; tourist information use and preferences; and scenic byways. The entire literature review can be found in a separate interim report. A number of findings from the literature review were relevant to the development of in-vehicle information systems for the driving tourist. The nationwide survey, reported here, generated detailed national information about use of tourist information, tourist information sources, preferences for various types of information and features for an in-vehicle information system for tourist use, willingness to pay for an in-vehicle information system for tourist use, and several factors related to actual tourist travel. Survey information was weighted to the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) so that it was nationally representative of people who take long overnight trips. The report concludes with a summary of the study and a set of guidelines to assist developers of information systems so that these systems will be appropriate for tourists who drive.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the University of Michigan Intelligent Transportation System Research Center of Excellence (UM ITS RCE-939430).
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

    2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2150
  • Authors:
    • Eby, D W
    • Molnar, L J
  • Publication Date: 1999-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 106 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00797027
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTRI-99-42,, HS-043 044,, Final Report
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2000 12:00AM