This study examined a voice navigation system as an assistive device for visually impaired in a busy urban environment. Eleven volunteers participated in this social experiment and evaluated the system for their daily solo-walking. Although there were some shortfalls of the system, participants expressed their interest in using it in the future. This test also aimed at assessing tightly configured street through the lens of Universal Design for future improvement. This article concluded that use of an assistive device works as a complement to achieve a higher level of accessibility where the physical environment could not offer an ideal environment.
|Translated title of the contribution||A social experiment of voice navigation system application as an assistive device for visually impaired − A case study of the street between Umegaoka Station and Setagaya Social Welfare Center|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||AIJ Journal of Technology and Design|
|Publication status||Published - 2019 Feb|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Building and Construction