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An Empirical Study of Additional Stopover Behaviors of Car Tourists Affecting by Traffic Congestion Information Using Mobile Probe Data

Yiping Le 1, Saizo Aoyagi 2, and Kazuki Takahashi3
1. Department of Civil Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
2. Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan
3. Navitime Japan Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan
Abstract—Car tourists may make some additional stopovers for sightseeing, meal, shopping, or leisure activities which is not originally planned, to avoid becoming involved in the traffic congestion occurring on the homeward route. The objective of this paper is to examine whether this induced stopover behavior exists and to empirically analyze the tendency of additional stopovers by departure time periods for homeward trip and level of traffic congestions. An analysis of route search data and GPS travel trajectory data collected by mobile car navigation application is conducted. The study results show car tourists tend to have additional stopovers when the departure time for homeward trip is early, and differences in the tendency of additional stopovers by congestion levels are observed, implying the impact of traffic congestion on additional stopover behaviors to some extent. The study results suggest the possibility of promoting additional stopovers in tourism areas for congestion avoidance by providing predicted near future traffic congestion and surrounding tourism information, which is beneficial to both tourism promotion and traffic congestion mitigation.
 
Index Terms—additional stopover, traffic congestion, car tourists, homeward trip, mobile probe data

Cite: Yiping Le, Saizo Aoyagi, and Kazuki Takahashi, "An Empirical Study of Additional Stopover Behaviors of Car Tourists Affecting by Traffic Congestion Information Using Mobile Probe Data" Journal of Traffic and Logistics Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 6-11, June 2020. doi: 10.18178/jtle.8.1.6-11

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