Interacting with digital maps for indoor navigation


This contribution presents studies currently underway about the impact of interactive, digital maps in architectural settings. Google Indoor Maps allows users of Android smartphones to identify their position and heading in complex public buildings. The study compares participants with and without access to such a device. Participants perform both spatial learning and free navigation tasks in a building. We evaluate how their wayfinding behavior as well as performance on spatial memory measures differs between groups with respect to: efficiency, effectiveness on the task; satisfaction and perceived competence with both the digital device and the building setting. We further compare groups with high vs. low spatial abilities (perspective taking, SBSOD sense of direction) as well as different cognitive styles (route vs. survey preference), as expect an impact on both strategies of interacting with the device and task success.

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