Victorian Future Mobility Sensing project

Welcome to the homepage of the Victorian Future Mobility Sensing Project (FMS Victoria)

This project was part of an exciting new Urban Mobility and Intelligent Transportation initiative by the University of Melbourne, in partnership with Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).

FMS Victoria collected personal travel data using a smart-phone app developed by our partners at SMART. The initiative has provided insights into Victorians’ travel demand, mobility patterns and satisfaction of transport choices. The project will allow urban and public transport planners to consider possibilities for future improvements to the city, including:

  • introducing new mobility modes such as demand-responsive transport
  • development of self-driving vehicles
  • understanding how people move around their local areas.

Project report is ready

We are pleased to announce that we have published a final report of the project, which can be downloaded via this link (5.47MB).

Please keep an eye on this page for further publications resulting from this project. Once again, the whole team thank you for your participation.

Outcomes from FMS Victoria

Many transport departments around Australia and overseas already conduct detailed activity and travel surveys. These typically use a single day, paper-based, travel diary. The Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity (VISTA) is an example of this approach. The use of a smartphone app within the FMS Victoria project has shown that it was able to:

  • collect travel data of higher accuracy and detail than those currently collected via paper surveys,
  • collect more data wtih ease,
  • provide more up-to-date data for planners and decision makers,
  • and provide complementary data and refinements to traditional household travel diary surveys.

External partners

  • Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
  • RACV


  • C. D. Cottrill, F. Pereira, F. Zhao, I. F. Dias, H. B. Lim, M. E. Ben-Akiva, P. C. Zegras, “Future mobility survey: Experience in developing a smartphone-based travel survey in Singapore”, Transportation Research Record, no. 2354, pp. 59–67, 2013.
  • F. Pereira, C. Carrion, F. Zhao, C. D. Cottrill, C. Zegras, M. E. Ben-Akiva, “The future mobility survey: Overview and preliminary evaluation”, in Proceedings of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, vol. 9, 2013.