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Travel behaviour under fuel constraint study: TACA SIM

Watcharasukam, M., Krumdieck, S., Gyamfi, S. and Dantas, A. (2009) Travel behaviour under fuel constraint study: TACA SIM. In: 1st International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE09), 5 - 7 January 2009, Hong Kong

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Future oil availability and cost has been discussed recently in international agency and government reports. Transportation is the fastest-growing and largest user of oil. Future personal transportation will continue to be fuelled by oil. However, as the oil price rises the transport systems will be affected. Alternative energy sources (such as solar, wind, biofuel) are not available to economically replace traditional fossil fuels. Travel demand management (TDM) is a key approach to transport and land use planning. It provides a feasible solution to the problems relating to uncertainty of fuel supply, and offers many alternative ways of mitigating environmental problems. However, integration of TDM to transport planning requires understanding of people’s travel behaviour. We propose a game-based survey tool, Travel Activity Constraint Adaptation Simulation (TACA Sim©) that simulates a situation with high fuel prices and captures the data of “normal” travel behaviour and behaviour changes. The tool additionally provides feedback information based on the concept that all human beings have the responsibility to inform themselves and evaluate their past and current actions for future planning. TACA Sim collects not only travel behaviour data, but also provides the travel behaviour information and adaptation risk for self-evaluation in order to help individuals realise sustainable lifestyles.

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