A Safe and Comprehensive Route Finding Algorithm for Pedestrians Based on Lighting and Landmark Conditions

Siya BAO  Tomoyuki NITTA  Masao YANAGISAWA  Nozomu TOGAWA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E100-A   No.11   pp.2439-2450
Publication Date: 2017/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Intelligent Transport System
Keyword: 
pedestrian,  lighting,  landmark,  road width,  turning point,  anxiety,  safety,  comprehensiveness,  

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Summary: 
In this paper, we propose a safe and comprehensive route finding algorithm for pedestrians based on lighting and landmark conditions. Safety and comprehensiveness can be predicted by the five possible indicators: (1) lighting conditions, (2) landmark visibility, (3) landmark effectiveness, (4) turning counts along a route, and (5) road widths. We first investigate impacts of these five indicators on pedestrians' perceptions on safety and comprehensiveness during route findings. After that, a route finding algorithm is proposed for pedestrians. In the algorithm, we design the score based on the indicators (1), (2), (3), and (5) above and also introduce a turning count reduction strategy for the indicator (4). Thus we find out a safe and comprehensive route through them. In particular, we design daytime score and nighttime score differently and find out an appropriate route depending on the time periods. Experimental simulation results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm obtains higher scores compared to several existing algorithms. We also demonstrate that the proposed algorithm is able to find out safe and comprehensive routes for pedestrians in real environments in accordance with questionnaire results.