Photographs or Mobile Maps? Displaying Landmarks in Pedestrian Navigation Systems

Research Question: Should photographs of landmarks be displayed in indoor pedestrian navigation systems? At which point of the navigational task can these interfaces support the user?

Approach: Two different navigation prototypes were implemented: one of them used photographs of landmarks to explain the route, whereas the other one showed a mobile map.

Method: The time it took the users to orient themselves was recorded with the smartphone application and served as a depended variable.

Results: Users performed significantly better with the navigation prototype using photographs, especially if the navigation instruction is given at a route point with a high branching factor and thus high complexity.

Keywords: Landmarks, Pedestrian navigation systems, Wayfinding.

Information Behaviour and User Studies
Location: Lecture Hall Aula Magna Date: May 19, 2015 Time: 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm christina_ohm_ma Christina Ohm ludwig Bernd Ludwig saskia-gerstmeier-foto.256x256 Saskia Gerstmeier