Study: Connected-commuting apps drive a new sense of community

12/11/2012 | Atlantic Cities, The

A New Cities Foundation study of connected commuting with applications such as Waze has found that users are not just happier because their commutes go better, but also because they've become a useful member of a community. That shared experience is different from public transportation, in which commuters sitting together can commiserate but have no information to impart. "[A]ll of this suggests that social mobility apps for drivers can replicate some of the community of public transit while retaining the privacy of a quiet car," writes Emily Badger.

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