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Fundamental challenges in designing a collaborative travel app.

Dickinson, J. E., Cherrett, T., Hibbert, J. F., Winstanley, C., Shingleton, D., Davies, N., Norgate, S. and Speed, C., 2015. Fundamental challenges in designing a collaborative travel app. Transport Policy, 44, 28 - 36.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.06.013


The growing capabilities of smartphones have opened up new opportunities for travel coordination and transport is a fertile area for app development. One stream of development is apps that enable collaborative travel, either in the form of lift sharing or collaborative shopping, but despite growing interest from governmental agencies, there is little evidence of the efficacy of such apps. Based on trials of purpose built travel collaboration apps, deployed in tourism, urban and rural residential communities, and logistics, this paper analyses the fundamental challenges facing users adopting such travel apps. The findings suggest that transport practitioners, policy makers and app developers need to better understand the challenges associated with attracting users, the use of incentives and the types of communities most appropriate to implement collaborative travel concepts using such approaches. Also, how the users’ sense of time pressure and the issues around reciprocal exchange can impact on their long-term success and wider adoption.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Collaborative travel; Smartphone app; Lift share; Reciprocal travel
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:22238
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:13 Jul 2015 15:42
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:52


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