Development of methods of gathering road incident information

Tieliikenteen hairiotiedon keraamisen mentelmien kehittaminen (Haikermen). Loppuraportti

This project has studied community features and information ergonomics of the road weather and traffic incident information that utilizes mobile phone plus GPS receiver as a physical interface in a car. The research data consists of interviews of service providers and test users, and the log data (years 2006 - 2007) from one traffic information service (Destia). If the target is to promote, on the one hand traffic safety, and on the other hand traffic information services used via mobile devices, there are some nec-essary preconditions. 1) The roles of private and public actors dealing with service production must be clarified. 2) Interfaces and program solutions must be easy-to-use from user's and information devel-oper's perspective. 3) Services should be able to utilize users' community activities and community feel-ings and motives. The community perspective in traffic can be studied when based on the level of invol-vedness and durability of the situation having community motives. Main results the study: 1) users feel strongly that mobile phones using bluetooth connection and separate GPS receiver cannot be perma-nent state of the art - larger displays and OEM positioning devices are certainly needed. Contemporary "afterwards installed" navigators are an important reference group. 2) The basic definitions dealing with traffic incident are quite similar with each other among road users and service providers. It is also impor-tant to notice the differerence between general and local weather, and simplified principles of the an-nouncements of sudden changes in road weather. "Mobile community feeling", i.e. communication via mobile device (usable in a acar) with other members of the community needs 1) already existing traffic-related community including individual members who share the recognition of the existence of the com-munity, a common traffic-related interest, and an easy possibility to participate the conversation or other content creation in the community. 2) Participators should have a possibility to become an honourable member of their community. At least, the information produced by a member should become visible among other service users rather rapidly. If communities of road users who would produce traffic infor-mation are needed, certain freedom and playfulness among service users must be allowed. This need of playfullness is the challenge for the existing traffic policy. Several usability questions are the challenges for service providers. This report may be found at


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 57p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 49/2007

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  • Accession Number: 01090832
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • ISBN: 978-952-201-769-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 31 2008 7:51AM