A Route Evaluation Method Considering the Subjective Evaluation on Walkability, Safety, and Pleasantness by Elderly Pedestrians

  • Hiroshi FurukawaEmail author
  • Zhiping Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Learning and Analytics in Intelligent Systems book series (LAIS, volume 3)


To improve the quality of life (QOL) of elderly people, we propose a route planning method considering the subjective evaluation on walkability, safety, and pleasantness of the users. By using this method, it is possible to plan a route with lower physical load, higher safety, and more enjoyable for each elderly user. To quantify their preferences, the acceptable time delay is used for the cost functions. In this study, we confirmed that the factors can take into consideration the mental and physical situation of the user and acquired the quantitative cost functions for these factors. The cost functions were constructed based on the subjective evaluation data. The basic validity of the method was confirmed by a subjective evaluation experiment.


Pedestrian navigation system Elderly users Preferences Cognitive model Quality of life 



This work was supported in part by Grants-Aid for Science Research 17K00436 of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Risk EngineeringUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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