Connected Commuters Are Happy Commuters
The study, which was published this week, looked at commuter sentiment in San Jose, California by analyzing the results of focus groups and comments made by users of Waze (a car-focused transportation planning app) and Roadify (a public transportation planning app), reports Ariel Schwartz. One of the key findings of the study was that drivers "not only reached their destinations faster by staying connected with other drivers, they were also less impatient about getting there, " writes Christopher F. Schuetze in an article in The New York Times.
He adds, "In a 21st-century equivalent of flashing your headlights to warn of an upcoming speed trap, drivers also felt good about sharing information that would help others on the road, the authors found. 'It is the element of not just receiving information that is useful,'” said Naureen Kabir, who led the study.