The Use of Sated Preference Technique in Evaluating a Passenger Information System: the Eurobus/Popins/Thepis Experience
PAPAIOANNOU p and BASBAS S, University of Thessaloniki, Greece and VOUGIOUKAS M, EuroTrans Consulting Ltd., UK
The Eurobus project was one of the Advanced Transport Telematics (ATT) research projects, dealing with Public Transport, funded by the Commission of the European Communities DG XIII. Eurobus consisted of two different areas; the first was the TRANSMODEL a
The Eurobus project was one of the Advanced Transport Telematics (ATT) research projects, dealing with Public Transport, funded by the Commission of the European Communities DG XIII. Eurobus consisted of two different areas; the first was the TRANSMODEL area which dealt with the establishment of a European "standard" model for Publie Transport and the second one was the POPINS area which dealt with the design and development of interactive passenger information systems in urban areas.
The POPINS systems are addressed to the user and not to the operator. They make considerable use of existing findings from recent research efforts, such as DRIVE I, ESPRIT H, etc. as well as of other technological advances in computers and communications. Three prototypes have been developed within POPINS in the following cities: Madrid (Spain), Marseilles (France) and Thessalonild (Greece). Each city had set its specifications and requirements before the development stage and the design of the systems took place under different working environments, using different hardware and sottware. However, special efforts were made to adopt all possible common elements in the final system layer, the User Interface, that comes between the user and the system. The common elements mainly refer to dialogues, icons, symbols, text and figure size, ergonomic aspects etc. Thus, a notable step towards harmonisation and standardisation of this type of interactive terminals was achieved in this way. This effort was supplemented and enhanced by the creation of the INPUT Task Force, fimded by ERTICO, which completed a number of specific tasks in this area and delivered two books of proposed standards and guidelines for Passenger Information Systems.
THEPIS standing for Thessaloniki Passenger Information System was one of the POPINS prototypes, the other two being the SIT system for Madrid, and the ALTER- EGO for Marseilles. THEPIS was designed and developed by the University of Thessaloniki on behalf of OASTH, the Thessaloniki Public Transport Operator.
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