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Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 520572, 11 pages
Research Article

An Adapted Wayfinding System for Pedestrians with Cognitive Disabilities

Department of Computer Engineering, Autonomous University of Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain

Received 9 June 2015; Revised 8 September 2015; Accepted 27 September 2015

Academic Editor: Dik Lun Lee

Copyright © 2015 Javier Gomez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a novel wayfinding system adapted to people with cognitive disabilities. It adapts to the user in terms of route calculation, instructions delivery, and interface design. To do so, the system divides the calculated route into atomic instructions and uses street-level photographs at the decision points. To evaluate this approach, we compared it with a commercial navigation application on a field trial with a sample of users (N = 18). From the evaluation, we concluded that our system improves users’ performance in terms of the number who reached the destination and were able to identify it correctly.