Mobility: The University of Luxembourg has released a free tool to help reduce bottlenecks on the Grand Duchy’s roads.
A new, free Android app aims to reduce traffic congestion in Luxembourg. Researchers from the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) launched the “Driver Diaries” mobile application and website on June 25.
“Driver Diaries lets us gain an understanding of the real commuter behaviour in Luxembourg and in particular what seemingly small details have a big impact on mobility patterns,” said Martin Kracheel, a PhD student organising the Driver Diaries study.
The app is part of SnT’s “I-GEAR” programme, “which is exploring ways to use gamification to reduce traffic congestion in Luxembourg”, according to a university press statement.
Dr. Rod McCall--project leader working with principal investigator Dr. Thomas Engel--said the researchers “believe the way forward in reducing traffic congestion is to encourage small changes in our everyday mobility patterns”.
The first 100 participants of this study will receive a €20 Amazon voucher but every participant will have a chance to win an Xperia Tablet Z and a Samsung Galaxy S4. The university said they “encourage participants to sign up as soon as possible”.
Anyone who works in Luxembourg, uses a car occasionally and, of course, owns an Android GPS enabled smartphone can take part in the study. McCall added: “I-GEAR is about giving people back the time they currently spend in traffic jams through gently encouraging them to undertake alternative courses of action.”
The university said it “takes very seriously the data privacy concerns of the study participants and the research team adheres to local and international ethical standards.”