Institut für Verkehrsplanung und Transportsysteme, ETH Zürich
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Mobidrive - Dynamic and routines of travel behaviour - pilot study "Rhythmics"


ETH Zurich
Prof. Dr. Kay W. Axhausen
Institute for Transport Planning and Systems (IVT)
HIL F 31.3
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zurich

Tel: + 41 44 633 39 43
Fax: + 41 44 633 10 57



Project partners

PTV AG Karlsruhe
Institut für Stadtbauwesen, RWTH Aachen (ISB)

IVT staff

Prof. Dr. Kay W. Axhausen
Dr. Arnd König
Dr. Stefan Schönfelder


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Deutschland), represented by Unternehmensgruppe TÜV-Rheinland / Berlin-Brandenburg


01.09.1998 - 31.08.2000


The basic aim of the project was to capture the rhythms of daily life, both with respect to time use, but also with respect to the spatial patterns. The empirical core of the project was a six-week travel diary, which was conducted with 360 persons in Karlsruhe and Halle. Once recruited the respondents showed no fatigue in their trip reporting, which reproduced the locally known patterns with regards to mode choice, trip numbers and activity purposes.
The analysis of this data set, now complemented by a comparable data set from Switzerland (2003 Thurgau) has provided a whole range of new insights, for example into the shape and size of human activity spaces, the rate of behavioral innovation, the patterns of similarity between daily patterns, the importance of prior commitment to mobility tools and contact channels (mobile phone, email) for travel. It has also allowed a whole range of new modelling methods to be tested, in particular complex discrete choice models accounting for temporal and spatial auto-correlations or the role of the time-space prisms.
The data is freely available from the data archive of the Institute for further research.





Online data, documentation and access to the data:

Publications and papers based on Mobidrive data



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