Can novice drivers be motivated to use a smartphone based app that monitors their behavior?

Oren Musicant, Tsippy Lotan

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Abstract

Encouraging young drivers to use driving feedback systems (referred here as GreenBoxes) is a challenge. Prior research and experience indicated that mainly due to insufficient motivation, adoption of GreenBoxes is minimal. Research also demonstrated that once feedback from GreenBoxes is provided to young drivers and their parents, the frequency of risky driving behavior is reduced. This study investigated the possible benefits of providing group incentives to encourage usage of GreenBoxes among young drivers. The specific GreenBox used in this study was a smartphone app that needed to be initiated at the beginning of each trip. Once initiated it monitors driving behavior in terms of G-force events, provides score and feedback, and shares the driving information with a pre-defined sponsor. This study builds and expands on a previous study by making the duration of the experiment longer, and by allowing participants to recruit their friends in order to help the group win its rewards. Despite of the more challenging scheme needed to gain rewards, the results obtained repeat the success of the previous study: all eligible participants downloaded the app and used it to win the rewards for the group. Additionally, friends were recruited by participants and used the app to help the group win rewards (without getting any personal rewards for themselves). However, once all the pre-specified rewards were achieved within the allotted time period, the young drivers stopped using the app. This study confirms again that barriers to adoption of GreenBox app among young drivers can be overcome by choosing low-cost suitable group incentive schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-557
Number of pages14
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Driving assistance systems
  • Feedback systems
  • Monitoring
  • Young drivers

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