The research questions described will be investigated and approaches will be designed using user-centered design methodologies, where users are substantially involved from the beginning of the project until the end.
First, relevant pedestrian user groups will be defined through data acquisition regarding road crossing, pedestrian navigation, and quality of pedestrian ways. Based on the results, requirements will be formulated and limitations will be identified. As part of the user research, special needs of mobility disadvantaged user groups will also be taken into account.
Road crossing and integrated routing will be implemented through new routing algorithms that include non-dedicated crosswalks. Additionally, the resulting technical foundations and algorithms for pedestrian way finding and navigation will be investigated and evaluated through a mobile application that will be implemented based on OpenStreetMap (OSM), and tested in a real scenario by end users. Results obtained during the evaluation will provide new cues to improve the algorithms and proposed methodology.