Digitally driven: how location based services impact the work practices of London bus drivers

Pritchard, Gary, Vines, John, Briggs, Pamela, Thomas, Lisa and Olivier, Patrick (2014) Digitally driven: how location based services impact the work practices of London bus drivers. In: SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 26 April - 1 May 2014, Toronto.

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This paper examines how an occupational group has adapted to the demands of working with a Location Based Service (LBS). Instead of following a rigid timetable, London's bus drivers are now required to maintain an equal distance between the bus in front and the one behind. Our qualitative study employs ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth semi-structured interviews to elicit drivers' perspectives of the new system and show how it has modified their driving and general work conditions. We explore how passengers influence the movement of the bus and how the technology frames bus drivers' relationships to their managers and commuters. This work contributes to our understanding of the impact of LBS in the workplace and shows how technological imperatives can be established that cause unanticipated consequences and gradually undermine human relationships.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 11:06
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 16:54

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