This paper presents a computer based travel simulator for collecting data concerning the use of next-generation ATIS and their effects on traveler decision making in a multimodal travel environment. The tool distinguishes itself by presenting a completely abstract multimodal transport network, where knowledge levels are fully controlled for in terms of awareness of mode-route combinations as well as in terms of variability of characteristics of known alternatives. Furthermore, it contains an information service-module that provides a variety of advanced types of travel information, with controlled for levels of reliability. These novel features warrant an extensive validation of the travel simulator. Such a validation is performed, using two datasets (one with revealed data, one with data from an experiment held in the simulator) obtained among 264 participants. Results suggest that the simulator succeeds in collecting useful data on multimodal travel choice making under provision of advanced types of travel information.
|Transportation Research. Part C: Emerging Technologies
|Published - 2007