Think about your most recent trip, either going to work, shopping, or picking up your child: if it were possible, would you like to arrive at the destination immediately without making the trip?

Researchers at the School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech are looking to measure mood and satisfaction from daily travel and activities during trips in order to see the factors behind travel satisfaction, sustainable mode choice, and well-being. The study includes an entry survey that asks respondents’ travel patterns, perceptions, and health status.
trainAfter that, respondents will use an Android GPS app called Daynamica to track their trips during a week and report their activities, satisfaction, and mood in a brief trip survey associated with each trip. As time use, travel routes and modes are automatically recorded by the app, the data will then be merged with weather, transport, and land use data to consider various factors that may influence travel satisfaction.

Results from the study could aid planners and policy makers create a more satisfactory transport system, plan for healthy cities — both physically and mentally, and promote the use of sustainable transport modes such as bicycle, walking, and public transit. It will also contribute to the understanding of autonomous vehicle usage through studying satisfaction and multitasking during trips.

Metro StationYou can help SPIA researchers addressing these issues by participating in their study. The study opens to anyone who is 18 years or older, owns an Android mobile device, and lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Participation is voluntary and confidential.

To participate, you will install an Android GPS app called Daynamica and complete a short entry questionnaire.
You will receive a $25 Amazon gift card if you:
(1) complete the entry questionnaire,
(2) complete a trip survey for at least five trips and
(3) upload all trip data for one week.

For further questions, please contact Steve Hankey at, (540) 231-7508, or visit the study website at