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Inclusive Landmark based Pedestrian Wayfinding via Multi-modal Directions

Burrows, Deanna (2013) Inclusive Landmark based Pedestrian Wayfinding via Multi-modal Directions. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Burrows, Deanna
Abstract:

Navigational skills are fundamental to travelling from place to place, personal independence and community integration [2]. Current research in pedestrian wayfinding suggests that people vary significantly in their choice of navigation modalities [6, 7, 25]. In addition, pedestrians with learning disabilities find it difficult to recall routes travelled daily and stay oriented while enroute to unknown locations. This paper proposes a wayfinding interface that has 2 components: 1) temporary poly-coated cardboard signage along with imprinted information indicating a specific destination, minutes by foot, directional arrow and a QR code; 2) online interactive website to provide additional contextualized navigation instructions for pedestrians through various modalities. The University of Toronto Scarborough campus (UTSC) is being used as the physical environment to implement and test the proposed wayfinding interface. The QR code tags link the cardboard signage to the online interface and generate streaming of route instructions in the modes of panoramic video, photographs, aerial map, audio or text. The goal of the proposed wayfinding system is to aid UTSC pedestrians - especially those with learning disabilities - to orient themselves and navigate to their destination through multi-modal landmark-based, turn-by-turn directions.

Date: December 2013
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2015 14:55
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2015 14:55
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/324

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