PATREC

Smarter travel decisions

This focus area is concerned with understanding (1) current travel patterns and trends and (2) the human factors involved in travel choices in order to better manage travel demand.

The research scope includes a focus on the potential for deployment and integration of technology to enable more intelligent and connected transport choices and help Australian cities use resources more efficiently and defer the need for new infrastructure (ie. the ‘smart cities’ concept – http://smartamerica.org/teams/smart-cities-us).

Understanding travel patterns and trends which relates to the spatio-temporal analysis of travel patterns in relation to socio-economic and policy drivers, can be traced back to the originally identified cross-cutting focus area of Information, necessarily underpinning research across all focus areas. Incoporated into the program area of Transport Economics, Information and Management for academic leadership purposes (Business Plan 2014), the area was reinforced by the securing of the substantial AURIN WA Data Hub project. In recognition of the importance of having a good understanding of spatial and temporal changes in travel patterns in relation to socio-economic and policy drivers, a priority projects (P4) in this area was approved by PRAC and the Board for 2016/17 (Business Plan 2016).

Understanding the human factors involved in travel choices relates to the intertwining of social-psychology and economics responsiveness to changing technology and TDM interventions and emanates from the Travel Demand Management focus area (Strategic Business Plan 2013-2016), assigned to the program area Transport Economics, Information and Management for academic leadership purposes (Business Plan 2014), with a TDM literature review project completed during 2013-2016. Two priority projects (P2 and P3) in this area have been approved by PRAC and the Board for 2016/17 (Business Plan 2016) and Theme 3 of the iMOVE CRC has relevance. Theme 3 - Enhancing Personal Mobility - will support Policy, Planning and Investment’s (PPI) vision - to have the best integrated and intelligent transport services available to the state.  The development of a dynamic and intelligent tool for transport systems and personal journeys, as well as the development of data protocols covering multiple modes of transport, will inform the backbone of integrated innovative services that enable travellers to make smarter transport decisions. Improved evidence of the public’s readiness to embrace new and innovative transport technologies will inform ongoing reviews of the Transport@3.5 Plan and improve the travel behaviour assumptions as inputs to the State’s integrated transport models.