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Current Research:
Wayfinding Technologies for People with Visual Impairments: Research and Development of an Integrated Platform

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

Time frame
December 2001 - November 2006

This project will focus on wayfinding research and development with a national team led by Sendero Group.

Objective--to create a GPS core platform that is accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, around which other wayfinding technologies will be tested and incorporated including
  • GPS cell phones,
  • Indoor and outdoor navigation,
  • Location specific signs,
  • Complex intersection geometry information, and
  • Signal information.

The research component of the proposal will inform and evaluate ongoing development activities. The proposed research, all involving human subjects, addresses:

  • Assessment of user needs in connection with large-scale and small-scale orientation,
  • Indoor wayfinding,
  • Wayfinding outdoors and in the transition between indoors and outdoors, with an emphasis on the user interface,
  • Analysis of the information needed for efficient travel through traffic intersections and roundabouts and evaluation of different ways of displaying that information, and
  • Assessment of veering performance, one key aspect of small-scale orientation.
Research organizations
Sendero Group, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara,
Western Michigan University,
University of Minnesota,
Carnegie-Mellon University

Michael May
President and CEO, Sendero Group, LLC
1118 Maple Lane, Davis, CA 95616-1723
530-757-6800 - MikeMay@SenderoGroup.com

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