Modeling bus travel experience to guide the design of digital services for the bus context

Elina Hildén, Kaisa Väänänen, Simo Syrman

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To make public transportation more attractive, it is important to design for pleasurable travel experience. Intra-city bus transportation has broad potential for utilisation of novel digital services beyond travel information. To enhance the travel experience of buses, services should be developed focusing on positive user experience. The aim of this study was to investigate the elements of bus travel experience and associated passenger needs. This paper presents the findings of a three-week qualitative field study with ten regular bus passengers. Derived from the findings, we present Bus Travel Experience Model and related passenger experiences and needs, with an emphasis on digital services. The model is based on the central user experience elements: the passenger – user, the bus – context, and the system, including both the public transportation system and the system of mobile services. The model can provide guidance for design and evaluation of future digital bus traveling services.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMindtrek 2018 - Proceedings of the 22nd International Academic Mindtrek Conference
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450365895
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventMindTrek Conference - Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland
Duration: 10 Oct 201811 Oct 2018
Conference number: 22


ConferenceMindTrek Conference
Abbreviated titleMindtrek


  • Bus Travel Experience Model
  • Digital services
  • Intra-city buses
  • User experience


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