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Moving Beyond the Map: Automated Landmark Based Pedestrian Guidance Using Street Level Panoramas
Jason Wither, Microsoft, USA
Carmen Au, Microsoft, USA
Raymond Rischpater, Microsoft, USA
Radek Grzeszczuk, Microsoft, USA
Time: Thu 09:48 - 10:12 | Session: Navigation, Location and Maps | Location: D 209

In the past people have used very different forms of directions depending on how those directions were acquired. If a person is giving another person directions in a familiar area, he will frequently use landmarks to describe the route. If the person gets the route from a personal navigation system though, it will be displayed on a map and make use of street names for the directions. In this paper we present a system to automatically give landmark based navigation to pedestrians by using panoramic imagery to both find salient landmarks along a route automatically, and to present those landmarks to a pedestrian navigator in an immersive and intuitive manner. Our system primarily uses automatically detected business signs as landmarks, and currently works in a half dozen cities around the world. We have also evaluated our system and found that people can effectively navigate solely using landmark enhanced panoramas of decision points along the route.

MobileHCI 2013 Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

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