Using haptics as an alternative to visual map interfaces for public transport information systems


Shalaik, Bashir and Jacob, Ricky and Mooney, Peter and Winstanley, Adam C. (2012) Using haptics as an alternative to visual map interfaces for public transport information systems. Ubiquitous Computing and Communication Journal, Special Issue on Visual Interfaces and User Experience: new approaches . pp. 1280-1292. ISSN 1992-8424

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Abstract

The use of public transport for daily commutes or for journeys within a new city is something most people rely on. To ensure users actively use public transport services the availability and usability of information relevant to the traveler at any given time is very important. In this paper we describe an interaction model for users of public transport. The interaction model is divided into two main components – the web interaction model and the mobile interaction model. The web interface provides real-time bus information using a website. The mobile interaction model provides similar information to the user through visual user interfaces, gesture based querying, and haptic feedback. Improved access to transit services is very dependent on the effectiveness of communicating information to existing and potential passengers. We discuss the importance and benefits of our multi-modal interaction in public transport systems. The importance of the relatively new mode of haptic feedback is also discussed.

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Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at http://www.ubicc.org/search_results.aspx . Research in this paper is carried out as part of the Strategic Research Cluster grant (07/SRC/I1168) funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the National Development Plan. Dr. Peter Mooney is a research fellow at the Department of Computer Science and he is funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency STRIVE programme (grant 2008- FS-DM-14-S4). Bashir Shalaik is supported by a PhD studentship from the Libyan Ministry of Education. The authors gratefully acknowledge this support.
Keywords: public transit; GPS; haptics; AVL; real-time location; visualisation;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
Item ID: 4455
Depositing User: Dr. Adam Winstanley
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 14:57
Journal or Publication Title: Ubiquitous Computing and Communication Journal
Publisher: Research Insight Publishing Corporation
Refereed: Yes
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