Applying GPS Data to Understand Travel Behavior

With the high costs associated with primary data collection, methods to improve the use and accessibility of data already being collected will benefit many practitioners. Global Positioning System (GPS) data can have multiple uses beyond estimates of speed and travel times. GPS-related data collected from Automatic Vehicle Location Systems, from highway sensors, as supplemental information to traditional travel surveys, and via passive technologies (e.g., Bluetooth, RFID, and smartphones) show promise for additional planning purposes. Some researchers are evaluating uses of GPS data collected for one purpose that could be reprocessed for a second purpose. Challenges to increased use of GPS data include addressing data bias, balancing precision and confidentiality, resolving institutional issues such as data ownership, and addressing the complexity of combining these data with other sources to discern behavioral relationships. While GPS data have a wide variety of uses, research is needed to assist in its use by transportation planners, travel modelers, and travel survey practitioners. Potential benefits of increased use of GPS data include improved modeling and forecasting capabilities and cost savings. The objective of this research is to prepare guidelines on the use of multiple sources of GPS data to understand travel behavior and activity. The results will be used by transportation planners, travel modelers, and travel survey practitioners.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-89

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Srinivasan, Nanda

  • Start Date: 20111202
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29017

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  • Accession Number: 01463281
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-89
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:20PM