Impact of Smartphone Applications on Trip Routing and Congestion Management

Proliferation of mobile devices with routing apps such as Google Maps, Waze, INRIX, TomTom, etc. has made possible congestion avoidance through real-time re-routing of vehicles for any mobile-enabled driver. However, to date, the real impacts of these routing apps on system and local traffic across the roadway infrastructure are largely unknown. There is a limited amount of research that has broadly investigated issues such as the impact of social media on transportation policy (Gal-Tzur et al., Bregman and Watkins), usage patterns of smartphone apps (Jones et al.), and use of gaming concepts to influence driver behavior (McCall and Koenig, Wang et al.). However, there is a dearth of research investigating the impact of routing apps on trip routing or travel behavior. This study attempts to fill this gap and gather evidence and quantify the relationship between routing app usage and propensity of alternative route choices by routing app users.


    • Status: Active
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

      University of Florida
      365 Weil Hall
      Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
    • Project Managers:

      Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

    • Performing Organizations:

      Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

      790 Atlantic Drive
      Atlanta, GA  United States  30332-0355

      Jackson State University, Jackson

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      Jackson, MS  United States  39217-0168

      Florida International University

      Division of Research
      11200 SW 8th St, MARC 430
      Miami, FL  United States  33199
    • Principal Investigators:

      Guin, Angshuman

    • Start Date: 20180315
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190314
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01659456
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747104
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Feb 6 2018 11:32AM