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International Journal of Vehicular Technology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 876892, 6 pages
Research Article

A Comparative Analysis of Subjective Quality of the Mobility between a New Portable Electric Transportation Mode and Walking

1Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan
2Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, 2-1-3 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8918, Japan
3Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University, Kyoto Daigaku Katsura 4, Nishikyō-ku, Kyoto 615-8540, Japan

Received 27 July 2012; Accepted 29 November 2012

Academic Editor: Motoyuki Akamatsu

Copyright © 2012 Hiroyuki Ohta et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To analyze the psychological impacts of the introduction of new portable electric transportation modes, we implemented an experiment using a personal mobile vehicle (PMV). We investigated its effects on 2 types of the subjective quality of mobility (SQM): instrumental aspects including “easiness” and “speed”: and affective aspects including “enjoyment,” “seeing scenery,” and “enjoying the atmosphere.” The result indicated that PMV might contribute to the improvement of the instrumental aspects of SQM, but walking was regarded as more preferable in terms of the affective aspects. The results suggest that such a new transportation mode could contribute to the improvement of subjective quality of mobility, if and only if it can be introduced in an appropriate situation.