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Terms And Conditions for Participation in the
Networked Traveler Research Project


Introduction and Purpose

The Networked Traveler smart phone application was developed at California PATH which is a transportation research program at the University of California, Berkeley. Use of this beta application is authorized as a part of a research project being conducted by California PATH under the direction of Wei-Bin Zhang, the California PATH Transit Research Program Lead. The goals of this project include learning how a smart phone might be able to give personalized information about an individual’s transit trip, such as your bus/train arrival and trip travel time. By downloading and using this application you are consenting to take part in this research study.

Participation Requirements

To be eligible to participate in this study you must be at least 18 years old, and you must have a smart phone with an unlimited data plan. The Networked Traveler application will use your data connection to send and receive information. The University of California, Berkeley, will not be held liable or responsible for any charges your wireless carrier may impose based on the data usage from using this application.

Procedures

If you agree to participate in this research, you will need to create an account on the networkedtraveler.org website, download the application, and then simply start using it. Whenever the Networked Traveler application is active, it will be receiving transit information through your cell phone’s wireless data connection. It will also be transmitting data, such as your speed and location, back to our secure servers. This data will allow us to track your current location within the transit system, and provide an alert when you are approaching your stop. Once you exit the application, your phone will no longer be transmitting any data to us or receiving any data from us.

Since this application is still in beta testing, as part of this study, you will have several opportunities to provide feedback on various portions of the application. Some of the surveys will be available on the networkedtraveler.org website, and some of the surveys may be available through the mobile phone application that you have downloaded. You can also optionally sign up to receive an email invitation to take a survey regarding your experiences with the Networked Traveler application. This research is currently scheduled to run through the end of September, 2010. At the end of this project, the transit application may continue to work, but any data being transmitted by the phone will no longer be saved by California PATH. Announcements about the end of the study and the application’s status will be published on the networktraveler.org website.

All participants should be aware that the State of California has placed limits on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. As a further precaution, the Networked Traveler mobile phone application has been geo-fenced so that it will not operate if you are driving. Additionally, it should be noted that the Networked Traveler application may be suspended while you are talking on your phone, and thus, while you are engaged in a phone call, the application may not be receiving updates or providing you with alerts.

Risks

The Networked Traveler application was designed to provide both transit and park and ride information and alerts. It should not be used while you are driving. The University of California shall not be held liable if you receive a ticket or are involved in a car accident while the Networked traveler application is loaded or active on your cell phone.

As with all research, there is a chance that confidentiality could be compromised; however, we are taking precautions to minimize this risk as described in the next section.

Confidentiality

As part of this research, it is recognized that some of the data being collected might be considered to be sensitive. All of the data transmitted from your phone to our servers is anonymous. Any optional personal information that you have provided to us, including but not limited to your name, email address, and/or phone number, will be kept confidential. Only PATH project personnel will have access to this personal data which will be stored on a secured server maintained by California PATH. Personal data will not be stored with or, in any way be able to be associated with, your networkedtraveler.org username or the data that is collected while you are using the Networked Traveler application. Your personal information will never be sold or given out to any other organizations. Only anonymized data will be shared with outside parties. At the end of the project all personal data will be deleted from our records.

Benefits

Although we do not anticipate direct benefit to you from participating in this study, it is hoped that the information gained from the project will help improve driving safety and public transit use in the future.

Payment/Compensation

You will not be paid for taking part in this study. You may, however, use the Networked Traveler application free of charge to help you plan and take trips using public transit. Additionally, there will be several opportunities to provide feedback on the Networked Traveler application by participating in a web-based survey. After taking this survey, you may have the option to enter your name into a drawing for a $100 gift card. The odds of winning a gift card will depend on the number of users who complete the survey.

Rights

Participation in this research is completely voluntary. You are free to decline to take part in this project at any time. You can decline to answer any questions and are free to stop taking part in the project at any time. Whether or not you choose to participate, to answer any particular question, or continue participating in the project, there will be no penalty to you or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You are free to uninstall the Networked Traveler application from your phone at any point in time.

Questions

If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to contact us at (510) 665-3552, or email path2go@lists.berkeley.edu.

If you have any questions about your rights or treatment as a research participant in this study, please contact the University of California at Berkeley’s Committee for Protection of Human Subjects at 510-642-7461, or e-mail subjects@berkeley.edu. Please print a copy of these terms and conditions for your records.


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