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Within the framework of the research project we created two versions of the GoEco! app: the Tracker version, which only monitors the users’ routes, and the “full” version, which also stimulates a change in individual mobility patterns.
As the apps were developed as part of a research project, that is now completed, they are no longer available on the Android and iOS stores. Here, however, you can find an introduction to their functionalities.
The GoEco! Tracker app
The GoEco! Tracker allows its users to become aware of their own mobility lifestyle, by telling them how often they use a particular mode of transport. GoEco! Tracker uses the free activity tracker Moves®. Using GPS data tracked by Moves® and taking into account velocity, location patterns and mobility habits, the GoEco! Tracker provides users with automatic feedback on their present mobility patterns. It tells them:
- routes and places visited;
- kilometers travelled;
- travelling time;
- means of transport used.
Users are kindly asked to access GoEco! Tracker daily to validate the recorded data and the automatically identified means of transport.
The GoEco! Tracker is available in three languages (English, Italian and German) and was used during the first and third monitoring period by the members of the intervention group and during all the monitoring periods by the members of the control group.
The GoEco! app
Starting from the present mobility patterns gathered by the GoEco! Tracker, GoEco! provides its users with indications on what they can improve, suggesting them their own potentials for change. It tells them how much they can
- decrease their energy consumption and CO2 emissions;
- decrease their car usage (% of kilometers they drive every week);
- increase their use of alternative means of transport such as public transport, bicycle and walking (% of kilometers they travel every week);
- decrease the total amount of kilometers they travel every week.
Once they have become aware of their potential for change, GoEco! encourages users to choose their personal goal for change and to specify the quantitative target they want to reach: with GoEco! it is up to them how and how much they would like to change their mobility patterns!
To increase the users’ awareness and to guide progress towards their own goals, GoEco! provides them with daily feedback on the routes they traveled and the means of transport they used, also indicating related energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Similar to the GoEco! Tracker, GoEco! utilizes the GPS data tracked by Moves®. Participants are asked to daily access the GoEco! app to validate the recorded data and the automatically identified means of transport.
As another incentive towards their own goal for change, every week we also offer them some challenges. If they accept them and, by the end of the week, they manage to complete them, they earn some trophies, which are shown on their profile page. In case GoEco! automatically detects the users made particularly sustainable mobility choices, they are also rewarded with unexpected badges.
At the end of every week GoEco! shows the users a feedback on the progress they made towards their own goal. If they achieve their goal, GoEco! encourages them to select more challenging targets or even to change goal for the following week. If not, it motivates them to do better the following week or suggests to select easier goals and targets to start with.
Finally, GoEco! allows users to compare their progress with other participants. Every week the most effective users in achieving their own goal are rewarded with high visibility in the “Hall of fame” section.
In order to maintain participants’ motivation high, GoEco! occasionally invites them to join group events, such as bicycle or no-car tours around the city, together with their family and friends.
GoEco! is available in three languages (English, Italian and German) and it was used during the second monitoring period by members of the intervention group.