An Immersive and Interactive Map Touring System Based on Traveler Conceptual Models

Hadziq FABROYIR  Wei-Chung TENG  Yen-Chun LIN  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E97-D   No.8   pp.1983-1990
Publication Date: 2014/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E97.D.1983
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Cyberworlds)
Category: Interaction
map navigation,  street view,  spatial cognition,  touring system,  traveler conceptual model,  

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Digital map systems can be categorized, based on the support they provide, into map navigation systems and map touring systems. Map navigation systems put more focus on helping travelers finding routes or directions instantly. By contrast, map touring systems such as Google Maps running on desktop computers are built to support users in developing their routes and survey knowledge before they go for travel. In this paper, traveler conceptual models are proposed as an interaction paradigm to enhance user immersion and interaction experience on map touring systems. A map touring system, MapXplorer, is also introduced as a proof of concept with its system design and implementation explained in detail. Twenty participants were invited to join the user study that investigates users' performance and preferences on navigation and exploration tasks. The results of experiments show that the proposed system surpasses traditional map touring systems on both navigation and exploration tasks for about 50 percent on average, and provides better user experience.