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Incorporating Information from Trusted Sources to Enhance Urban Navigation for Blind Travelers

Byung-Cheol Min, Suryansh Saxena, Aaron Steinfeld and M Bernardine Dias
Conference Paper, Carnegie Mellon University, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), March, 2015

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Abstract

Dynamic changes can present significant challenges for visually impaired travelers to safely and independently navigate urban environments. To address these challenges, we are developing the NavPal suite of technology tools [1]. NavPal includes a dynamic guidance tool [2] in the form of a smartphone app that can provide real-time instructions based on available map information to guide navigation in indoor environments. In this paper we enhance our past work by introducing a framework for blind travelers to add map/navigation information to the tool, and to invite trusted sources to do the same. The user input is realized through audio breadcrumb annotations that could be useful for future trips. The trusted sources mechanism provides invited trusted individuals or organizations an interface to contribute real-time information about the surrounding environment. We demonstrate the feasibility of our solution through a prototype Android smartphone-based outdoor navigation aid for blind travelers. An initial usability study with visually impaired adults informed the design and implementation of this prototype.

BibTeX Reference
@conference{Min-2015-5918,
title = {Incorporating Information from Trusted Sources to Enhance Urban Navigation for Blind Travelers},
author = {Byung-Cheol Min and Suryansh Saxena and Aaron Steinfeld and M Bernardine Dias},
booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)},
publisher = {IEEE},
school = {Robotics Institute , Carnegie Mellon University},
month = {March},
year = {2015},
address = {Pittsburgh, PA},
}
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