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Design Verification of an Optimized Wayfinding Map in a Station

Department of Industrial Design, National Taipei University of Technology, 1, Sec. 3, Chung-hsiao E. Rd., Taipei City 10608, Taiwan
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(4), 266; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi10040266
Received: 22 February 2021 / Revised: 4 April 2021 / Accepted: 12 April 2021 / Published: 15 April 2021
Passengers were unsatisfied with the navigation signs in Taipei station based on the Report on the Taiwan Railway Passenger Survey. This study conducted two experiments. Experiment 1 involved 14 participants using the present Taipei Main Station floor map to wayfinding, plan routes, and provide route descriptions for four specified destinations in the station. All participants were requested to recall the route that had just been taken and draw a cognitive map. In Experiment 2, 14 other participants were asked to perform the same tasks as Experiment 1 but with the new map. This study’s results showed that the codes used by the participants in Experiment 1 revealed the differences in walking route distance and number of turns. Escalators and stairs that connected floors were often used as reference landmarks for wayfinding. In Experiment 2, the overall wayfinding performance of the participants was improved by using the new map. The wayfinding time was reduced and the time spent in wayfinding among users was more uniform, and their route planning strategies used became consistent. The new map that facilitates consistent action strategies among users and corresponds perfectly to the actual environment is able to create useful spatial knowledge for users. View Full-Text
Keywords: landmarks; wayfinding map; route description; Taipei station landmarks; wayfinding map; route description; Taipei station
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Zheng, M.-C.; Chang, K.-T. Design Verification of an Optimized Wayfinding Map in a Station. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10, 266. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi10040266

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Zheng M-C, Chang K-T. Design Verification of an Optimized Wayfinding Map in a Station. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2021; 10(4):266. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi10040266

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Zheng, Meng-Cong; Chang, Ken-Tzu. 2021. "Design Verification of an Optimized Wayfinding Map in a Station" ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 10, no. 4: 266. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi10040266

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