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Will privacy concerns limit the ability of smart phone technologies to help foster collaborative school travel?

Will privacy concerns limit the ability of smart phone technologies to help foster collaborative school travel?
Will privacy concerns limit the ability of smart phone technologies to help foster collaborative school travel?
The GPS functionality in modern Smartphones has the capability of pinpointing an individual’s position at any given time. As a result, a wide variety of apps are now available, providing the user with location-specific services, tailored to their location in space and time. In a transportation sense, such functionality has potential for providing users with visibility of current and future potential transport options. Understanding where an individual is, where they have been and might be in the immediate future, and knowledge of their typical schedules and historic trace patterns means that opportunistic, collaborative travel opportunities might be possible.

A key issue with such a concept, however, is the extent to which individuals are prepared to share information on their whereabouts, schedules and travel habits with others. This concept is being explored as part of the 6th Sense Transport project and this paper looks specifically at using smartphone technology to visualise lift-sharing opportunities for the morning school run, and the associated privacy issues.

Findings from a study of parents of primary-age children suggested that such a ‘real time’ travel option visualisation system (RTOVS) must consider both who a user’s personal information is given to and the type of information given to be successfully adopted by users. This is because the benefits it offers must outweigh the privacy risks perceived by the users. Additionally, the survey results indicated that such a system will be particularly attractive to the educated, employed, high-income household with time-scheduling pressures.
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Cruickshanks, Scott, Cherrett, T.J., Waterson, Ben, Norgate, Sarah, Davies, Nigel, Speed, Chris and Dickinson, Janet (2013) Will privacy concerns limit the ability of smart phone technologies to help foster collaborative school travel? 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, United States. 13 - 17 Jan 2013. 15 pp .

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Abstract

The GPS functionality in modern Smartphones has the capability of pinpointing an individual’s position at any given time. As a result, a wide variety of apps are now available, providing the user with location-specific services, tailored to their location in space and time. In a transportation sense, such functionality has potential for providing users with visibility of current and future potential transport options. Understanding where an individual is, where they have been and might be in the immediate future, and knowledge of their typical schedules and historic trace patterns means that opportunistic, collaborative travel opportunities might be possible.

A key issue with such a concept, however, is the extent to which individuals are prepared to share information on their whereabouts, schedules and travel habits with others. This concept is being explored as part of the 6th Sense Transport project and this paper looks specifically at using smartphone technology to visualise lift-sharing opportunities for the morning school run, and the associated privacy issues.

Findings from a study of parents of primary-age children suggested that such a ‘real time’ travel option visualisation system (RTOVS) must consider both who a user’s personal information is given to and the type of information given to be successfully adopted by users. This is because the benefits it offers must outweigh the privacy risks perceived by the users. Additionally, the survey results indicated that such a system will be particularly attractive to the educated, employed, high-income household with time-scheduling pressures.

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Published date: January 2013
Venue - Dates: 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, United States, 2013-01-13 - 2013-01-17
Organisations: Transportation Group

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Local EPrints ID: 348570
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/348570
PURE UUID: e5211538-06c8-4740-b7cc-a4701806186b
ORCID for Ben Waterson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9817-7119

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Date deposited: 18 Feb 2013 12:36
Last modified: 07 Apr 2020 00:26

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Author: Scott Cruickshanks
Author: T.J. Cherrett
Author: Ben Waterson ORCID iD
Author: Sarah Norgate
Author: Nigel Davies
Author: Chris Speed
Author: Janet Dickinson

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