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Smart Flashlight: Navigation Support for Cyclists

  • Bing Jing Wang
  • Cheng Hung Yang
  • Zhen Yu GuEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10920)

Abstract

The number of people commuting by bicycle is constantly increasing, while the ways of navigation for riders have potential safety hazards for they tend to separate the rider from physical environment. We note that safety remains a challenge, as interaction with a device in traffic will generally be less safe than passive, stationary use. For navigation using a map while cycling in an urban environment, we studied an solution: An arrow shaped beam would be projected on the ground in front of the rider and the direction the arrow points at shows the turning direction. (Figure 1). In addition to the conceptual description, we did a user testing, and results showed that the system we designed is much safer, helpful and which kept attention on the route. Every participant was able to reach an unknown destination within an unexplored environment easily. Our findings will be a good reference for designing navigation systems for bikes and even for cars, helping cyclists and drivers be more attentive to their environment while navigating.

Keywords

Projection technique Bicycle traffic safety Navigation support 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bing Jing Wang
    • 1
  • Cheng Hung Yang
    • 1
  • Zhen Yu Gu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Design DepartmentShanghai Jiaotong UniversityShanghaiChina

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