This paper describes the lessons learned from the trial of MEILI, a smartphone based semi-automatic activity-travel diarycollection system, in Stockholm city, Sweden. The design of the system, together with state-of-the-art improvements of different elements of the tool, are presented before and after the trial to better illustrate the improvements based on the lessons learned. During the trial, both MEILI and a paper-based diary captured about 65% of the total number of detected trips, but only about half of the trips were captured by both systems. The unmatchable trips are partly due to different activity declaration and system specific destination specification, i.e., a verbose specification of address in the paper-and-pencil survey and a point of interest selection / declaration in MEILI. In terms of subjective appreciation, the user experiences vary greatly between the different participants in the pilot. Presumably, this is mainly due to different level of IT-knowledge of the respondents, but also due to the occasionally non-uniform behaviour of the location collection service caused by hardware and / or software difficulties. Based on these inputs, further web and support system improvements have been implemented for future trials.
smartphone based survey; semi-automatic travel diary collection system; activity-travel diary; destination and purpose inference; travel mode detection