Analysis of Pedestrian Navigation Using Cellular Phones

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5044)


Navigation services for pedestrians are spreading in recent years. Our approach to provide personal navigation is to build a multi-agent system that assigns one guiding agent to each human. This paper attempts to demonstrate a design implication of the guiding agent. In the navigation experiment where a pedestrian using a map on a GPS-capable cellular phone was guided by a distant navigator, we observed the communication between them by conversation analysis. The result suggests that information required by a pedestrian were the current location, the current direction and a proper route toward a destination. The communications between a pedestrian and a navigator were based on a navigation map or a movement history. When a pedestrian did not understand the map adequately, navigation sometimes failed due to the lack of communication basis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social InformaticsKyoto University Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-kuKyotoJapan
  2. 2.KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc.SaitamaJapan

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