The NTUA Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering organised with great success a Scientific Workshop titled “Telematics and Improvement of Driver Behavior” which took place in Athens on February 22nd, 2022. Key driver telematics research findings were demonstrated and discussed, highlighting spectacular safety benefits from monitoring, evaluation and improvement of driver behaviour through feedback tools, social gamification schemes and motivation for drivers via theBeSmart application. Workshop BeSmart Presentations:
In the framework of the closing of the BeSmart project, the NTUA Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering is organising a Scientific Workshop titled “Telematics and Improvement of Driver Behavior” which will be held at the NTUA Campus in Athenson February 22nd, 2022. The rapid development of innovative technologies in the field of telematics offers new opportunities for monitoring, evaluation and improvement of driver behaviour through feedback tools, social gamification schemes and motivation for drivers, with spectacular results. The purpose of the Workshop is to highlight the main results and challenges of NTUA research projects regarding the impact of telematics on road safety. The Workshop is addressed to the scientific community, public authorities, private companies and the general public.
The 7th International HUMANIST Conference was hosted on 26-27 October 2021 in Rhode Island, Greece. The theme of the conference was “Human Perspective in an Evolving Transport Era“. The 2021 conference brought together researchers, experts and stakeholders from several multidisciplinary communities that are active in the field of human factors in transport. Topics for this year’s symposium included, but were not limited to: C-ITS, driver monitoring, automation, electrification, new vehicle types, smart cities, towards effective MaaS and mobile transport apps, enhanching accessibility and inclusion ensuring the safety of VRUs, ergonomics (passive safety, new vehicles interior). The BeSmart team contributed actively with the following presentation: Monitoring and Improving Driving Behaviour of Motorcyclists Through an Innovative Smartphone Application
The network of thematic experts Vip4Ride organised with great success the 2nd International Conference which was held in Alexandroupolis, on 14-15 October, under the theme: “Intermodal Transports: Innovations in Planning, Management, Business Development & Decision Making” and focusing on the main economic advantages of developing intermodal transport, energy and tourism sectors. Special attention was given to decision making for investments and project financing in large infrastructures to promote intermodal options. The BeSmart team actively contributed with the following presentation: Impact of driver feedback on behavior and safety through a smartphone application.
The Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT/CERTH) co-organized with great success the “10th International Congress on Transportation Research” (ICTR 2021), which was held on 2-3 September, 2021, in Rhodes. The spotlight theme of the 2021 Congress was: “Future Mobility and Resilient Transport: Transition to innovation“. The BeSmart team contributed actively with the following scientific paper and presentation “Investigation of speeding and aggressive behavior of professional drivers on highways through an innovative smartphone application”
Our recent work with Dr. Apostolos Ziakopoulos and Prof. George Yannis on the investigation of the impact of detailed trip characteristics on the frequency of harsh acceleration and harsh braking events recorded via the BeSmart application has just been published in IATSS Research and is now accessible online.
Our recent work with Dr. Apostolos Ziakopoulos and Prof. George Yannis on the investigation of speeding behavior of motorcyclists through the BeSmart application has just been published in Traffic Injury Prevention and is now available on Taylor & Francis Group Online.
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!