Urban sound mapping for wayfinding – a theoretical approach and an empirical study

  • Conventional navigation systems use visually perceptible landmarks to navigate their users from a starting point to a destination. However, sometimes visual information is not enough for route guidance. Visually-impaired or elderly people may not be able to navigate using the visual sense. Furthermore, there may exist no outstanding (i.e., salient) visual landmarks that could be used to navigate. In such a case auditory information may be a helpful guide. We performed two online studies and a focus-group interview to identify possible sound classes in an urban environment. Based on our results, we gathered sounds in Augsburg and classified them according to their source. The findings support our notion that auditory information can be useful for spatial orientation and guidance in addition to or even replacing visual information.

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Author:Eva NuhnORCiDGND, Kai Hamburger, Sabine TimpfORCiDGND
Frontdoor URLhttps://opus.bibliothek.uni-augsburg.de/opus4/108644
Parent Title (English):AGILE: GIScience Series
Place of publication:Göttingen
Year of first Publication:2023
Publishing Institution:Universität Augsburg
Release Date:2023/10/24
First Page:9
Institutes:Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik
Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik / Institut für Geographie
Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik / Institut für Geographie / Professur für Geoinformatik
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 91 Geografie, Reisen / 910 Geografie, Reisen
Licence (German):CC-BY 4.0: Creative Commons: Namensnennung (mit Print on Demand)