Smartphone app versus GPS Logger: A comparative study

Peter R. Stopher, Vivian Daigler, Sarah Griffith

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This paper describes a study in which a smartphone app and dedicated wearable GPS devices were used in the same study, with processing done with the same software, providing an opportunity to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each. The study found that respondents were more willing to accept the dedicated GPS device, were more likely to comply with the requested task, and provided an overall higher response rate with the GPS logger than with the smartphone app. After processing the data and matching the GPS data to the diary data, both technologies produced similar results in terms of proportion of trips that show a good match to diary data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalTransportation Research Procedia
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 ISCTC 11th International Conference on Transport Survey Methods - Esterel, Canada
Duration: Sep 24 2017Sep 29 2017


  • GPS Logger
  • GPS processing
  • Smartphone App
  • comparative study
  • compliance
  • diary data
  • recruitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation


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