Transportation

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 333–345 | Cite as

How real is a reported desire to travel for its own sake? Exploring the ‘teleportation’ concept in travel behaviour research

Article

Abstract

The ‘teleportation test’ has been used in travel behaviour research for more than a decade, as a means of assessing whether an individual views travel purely as a disutility. The teleportation concept has been used successfully in qualitative research to elicit responses and clarify attitudes to travel time. However, survey-based studies have revealed an apparent inconsistency, in that many people who report an ideal travel time greater than zero, and/or do not consider their travel time as wasted, also report wanting to teleport. This note reviews a range of studies involving the teleportation concept, highlights the inconsistency, suggests reasons for it, and proposes a research approach for testing the validity of those reasons.

Keywords

Positive utility of travel Travel multitasking Commuting Travel time Ideal travel time 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public HealthUniversity of Otago, WellingtonWellington SouthNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Civil and Environmental EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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