The transition to the second phase of the experiment was successfully carried out on the 8th of October for all BeSmart users: drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists. Drivers have now the ability to receive a trip score, as well as notifications on their smartphones from the app. In addition, a separate and different application environment has been developed for users who choose the motorcycle as their main means of transport in order to ensure a better user experience.
On the 2nd of July, 2019 the BeSmart team was extremely happy to launch the BeSmart Application. After running successfully a User Acceptance Testing, the App was ready to be disseminated to all BeSmart participants candidates. At present, the experiment counts 50 “BeSmarters” and recruitment continues, as BeSmart participants must reach the 200 drivers. In the first phase of the experiment participants are asked to drive in the way they usually dο, without receiving any feedback on their driving behavior from the smartphone application. The purpose of this stage, referred to as ‘‘Phase 1”, is to learn drivers’ naturalistic driving characteristics, which provide a baseline for comparison.
Within the framework of the design of the BeSmart experiment, the following have been carried out with great success: structure of the driving experiment, selection criteria for the participants, creation of all required documentation for technical reference and support as well as participants info pack and App guidelines, and finally the development of the BeSmart Application. On the 21st of May the technical design and development of the mobile application was completed and since then the BeSmart team is working on small issues in order to launch the application and start the experiment.