Pedestrian navigation aids: Information requirements and design implications

Andrew May (Corresponding Author), Tracy Ross, Steven Bayer, Mikko Tarkiainen

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Abstract

Recent years have seen an increased interest in navigational services for pedestrians. To ensure that these services are successful, it is necessary to understand the information requirements of pedestrians when navigating, and in particular, what information they need and how it is used. A requirements study was undertaken to identify these information requirements within an urban navigation context. Results show that landmarks were by far the most predominant navigation cue, that distance information and street names were infrequently used, and that information is used to enable navigation decisions, but also to enhance the pedestrian’s confidence and trust. The implications for the design of pedestrian navigation aids are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-338
Number of pages8
JournalPersonal and Ubiquitous Computing
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Keywords

  • design
  • navigation
  • pedestrian
  • requirements
  • wayfinding

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May, Andrew ; Ross, Tracy ; Bayer, Steven ; Tarkiainen, Mikko. / Pedestrian navigation aids : Information requirements and design implications. In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 2003 ; Vol. 7, No. 6. pp. 331-338.
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Pedestrian navigation aids : Information requirements and design implications. / May, Andrew (Corresponding Author); Ross, Tracy; Bayer, Steven; Tarkiainen, Mikko.

In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Vol. 7, No. 6, 2003, p. 331-338.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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