On the 5th of April, the BeSmart naturalistic driving experiment officially ended. After completed 2 months of the no feedback phase, the participants were informed of the end of the BeSmart experiment and therefore their possibility to uninstall the application from their mobile phone. However, the research team decided not to withdraw the application yet, and in addition to return it to the previous phase, with all the driver feedback tools enabled for any interested users. Furthermore, there will be a final prize draw for participants’ stay on the experiment, as a small thank you note for their significant contribution to the project. Specifically, 2 smartphones the prizes to be won!!
On the 29th of January, BeSmarters entered the last phase of the experiment; the application returned to Phase 1 – no driver feedback, by removing the driver feedback features in order to examine whether the provided feedback during the last months has “permanently” changed participants’ driver behavior. The last phase will last 2 months, and after that, the experiment will be completed. The BeSmart team would like to thank all participants for their very important contribution!
During the 6th phase of the experment the BeSmart application will launch individual “Challenges” for users in order to provide incentives for promotion of safe driving behavior, in accordance with the rules of the BeSmart application and the rewarding of the users who will complete the respective “Challenge”, as it will be defined through the Application. The prize to be won will be a 3 euro voucher discount coupon for Gregory’s coffee shop! Stay tuned, drive safe and win the Challenge!
On the 5th of November the competition was over! The results of the Competition were announced through the application. The BeSmart team would like to thank all the participants and wish congratulations to the winners that seemed to improve their driving behavior during the competition. Enjoy your prizes BeSmarters and stay active 🙂
After driving for several months during the 4th phase, due to the extension of the experiment because of the COVID-19 pandemia, BeSmarters entered the 5th phase of the experiment on the 5th of October! During Phase 5, a 30-day competition was realesed with prizes for safe driving. The aim of the Competition is to highlight the safest drivers during the Competition, according to their performance through the use of the BeSmart application. The prizes to be won are the following:
On the 17th of June the BeSmart team, remotely this time, conducted the second lottery for the BeSmarters, as a sign of gratitude for their significant contribution to the project. 2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 smartphones the prizes to be won!! The lucky winners are besmartuser37 and besmartuser267! Enjoy your smartphones BeSmarters and stay active 🙂
On 22 March, the Greek government announced a ban on all nonessential transport and movement across the country, starting from 6 a.m on 23 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restriction on traffic has inevitably led to a reduction in the routes of BeSmarters and consequently has affected the experiment carried out in the context of the BeSmart Project. Therefore, the research team has decided to extend the experiment to ensure the optimal quality and accuracy of the results, while the next phase change will depend on the evolution of the current situation.
After driving for two months during the 3rd phase of the experiment, BeSmarters entered the 4th phase of the experiment on the 16th of February! Phase 4 enables the driver to view the Compare feature. This feature allows users to compare their score with the score of the average driver and top drivers, per selected period. Comparative evaluation with other drivers is an intervention based on providing incentives to improve driving behavior in a context of “social gamification”.
On the 16th of December the BeSmarters entered the 3rd phase of the experiment! During this phase, the driver, in addition to the score he receives for each route, has the opportunity to observe on the map the exact points where he has presented risky driving behavior in terms of exceeding the speed limit, the use of the mobile phone , harsh accelerations and brakings respectively. The importance of this phase lies in providing visual feedback to the driver, an effective method that facilitates the process of learning and self-assessment of drivers!
Yesterday, on the 3rd of December the BeSmart team conducted the first lottery for the BeSmarters, as as a sign of gratitude for their significant contribution to the project. 2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 smartphones the prizes to be won!! The lucky winners are besmartuser109 and besmartuser227! Enjoy your smartphones BeSmarters and stay active 🙂