Proposal of New Map Application for Distracted Walking When Using Smartphone Map Application
This study aimed to propose a new map application that would reduce the time of looking at the map while walking to the degree of the time of reading the paper map and an experiment was conducted to confirm the effectiveness of the proposed map application.
The proposed map application had a difference from Google Maps that the walker’s current position was shown on the map only when he/she stopped. In the experiment, the participants were required to walk three randomly assigned routes in KOMAZAWA Olympic Park General Sports Ground, respectively, by using the paper map, Google Maps, and the proposed map application. They equipped a wearable camera for recording the gaze direction during the experiment. After walking each route, they evaluated subjectively their workload while walking the route by using Japanese version of NASA-TLX.
The results of the experiment revealed that the number of stops walking to look at the proposed map application was significantly more than Google Maps. The results also revealed that the time of looking at the proposed map application while walking the route was significantly reduced in comparison with Google Maps. These meant that the proposed map application induced the walker to stop walking to look at the map and could reduce the distracted walking in comparison with Google Maps. The effectiveness of the proposed map was confirmed through the experiment.
KeywordsDistracted walking Map application Smartphone
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