Ad hoc communities on the road: Serendipitous social encounters to enhance tourist experiences
Thiel, Sarah-Kristin, Foth, Marcus, & Schroeter, Ronald (2015) Ad hoc communities on the road: Serendipitous social encounters to enhance tourist experiences. In OzCHI '15 Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction, ACM, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 643-652.
Driving can be a lonely activity. While there has been a lot of research and technical inventions concerning car-to-car communication and passenger entertainment, there is still little work concerning connecting drivers. Whereas tourism is very much a social activity, drive tourists and road trippers have few options to communicate with fellow travelers. Our study is placed at the intersection of tourism and driving. It aims to enhance the trip experience during driving through social interaction. This paper explores how a mobile application that allows instant messaging between travelers sharing similar context can establish a temporary, ad hoc community and enhance the road trip experience. A prototype was developed and evaluated in various user and field studies. The study’s outcomes are relevant for the design of future mobile tourist guides that benefit from community design, social encounters and recommendations.
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