Free Web Routeplanner

Naviterier Routeplanner is a web application oriented on route planning for blind pedestrians, running in all standard web browsers. Planning a trip from one place to another is done similarly to other navigation route planning engines, however with respect to the blind pedestrian’s needs. Route description contains useful information about significant landmarks in a vicinity, the slopes of sidewalks, corner shapes, traffic noise, etc.

iOS Navigation Application

Naviterier is a conversational navigation application for blind pedestrians, working on standard smartphones and in simplified mode on phones with the Symbian operating system. High positioning accuracy is achieved by unique usage of landmarks and terrain features which compensate insufficient accuracy of GPS satellite localization. The application is highly reliable especially in dense urban areas and thus becomes an ideal tool for pedestrians with limited orientation and movement.


Where does it work?

Currently only in Czech Republic, Naviterier works best with ROUTE4ALL geographical information database created by CEDA corporation. Currently, the specially created maps for Naviterier navigation applications and services now cover 150 km of sidewalks (approximately 3 square kilometres of dense sidewalk network), crossings and pedestrian areas in the Prague city center.

Obrázek oblasti pokryté daty Route4All v centru Prahy v okolí Karlova náměstí, Václavského náměstí, Andělu, Újezdu a Staroměstské.
Area covered by geographical information database in Prague, Czech Republic.

History of the Naviterier project at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague dates back to 2007. Since then, dozens of experiments were conducted with hundreds of visually impaired participants. The research results were used to design and implement a series of prototypes navigation applications and were presented at prestigious international conferences and journals.

The list of papers in academic periodicals:

  1. Balata, J. - Míkovec, Z. - Bureš, P. - Mulíčková, E.: Automatically Generated Landmark-enhanced Navigation Instructions for Blind Pedestrians. In Proceedings of the 2016 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems. Katowice: Polish Information Processing Society, 2016. pp. 1605-1612. ISSN 2300-5963. ISBN 978-83-60810-90-3.
  2. Malý, I. - Balata, J. - Krejčíř, O. - Füzesséry, E. - Míkovec, Z.: Qualitative Measures for Evaluation of Navigation Applications for Visually Impaired. In 6th IEEE Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications CogInfoCom 2015 PROCEEDINGS. Budapest: IEEE Hungary Section, University Obuda, 2015, p. 223-228. ISBN 978-1-4673-8128-4.
  3. Balata, J. - Míkovec, Z. - Slavík, P. - Macík, M.: Game Aspects in Collaborative Navigation of Blind Travelers. In Handbook of Research on Holistic Perspectives in Gamification for Clinical Practice. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 2015, ISBN 9781466695221.
  4. Balata, J. - Míkovec, Z. - Malý, I.: Navigation Problems in Blind-to-Blind Pedestrians Tele-assistance Navigation. In Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2015. Berlin: Springer, 2015, p. 89-109. ISSN 0302-9743. ISBN 978-3-319-22700-9.
  5. Vystrčil, J. - Malý, I. - Balata, J. - Míkovec, Z.: Navigation Dialog of Blind People: Recovery from Getting Lost. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Dialogue in Motion (DM). Stroudsburg: Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2014, p. 58-62. ISBN 978-1-937284-81-7.
  6. Slavík, P. - Míkovec, Z. - Macík, M. - Balata, J.: Problémy navigace seniorů v prostoru. In Stárnutí 2014. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, 3. lékařská fakulta, 2014, s. 120-132. ISBN 978-80-87878-11-8.
  7. Franc, J. - Míkovec, Z. - Vystrčil, J.: Prostorová navigace v každodenním životě nevidomých - participační výzkum. Psychologie pro praxi. 2014, roč. 3-4/2014, č. XLIX, s. 47-58. ISSN 1803-8670.
  8. Fixová, K. - Macík, M. - Míkovec, Z.: In-hospital navigation system for people with limited orientation. In CogInfoCom 2014 Proceedings. Budapest: IEEE Hungary Section, University Obuda, 2014, p. 125-130. ISBN 978-1-4799-7280-7.
  9. Balata, J. - Míkovec, Z. - Darebný, K. - Jinoch, V.: Data Structures for Landmark-based Navigation of Blind Pedestrians. In 2nd Conference on Mobile and Information Technologies in Medicine Conference Proceedings. Prague: CTU, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, 2014, ISBN 978-80-01-05637-0.
  10. Balata, J. - Macík, M. - Míkovec, Z.: Heat Map Thermal Display for Visually Impaired. In CHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: ACM, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4503-2473-1.
  11. Balata, J. - Franc, J. - Míkovec, Z. - Slavík, P.: Collaborative navigation of visually impaired. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces. 2014, vol. 8, no. 2, p. 175-185. ISSN 1783-7677.
  12. Malý, I. - Míkovec, Z. - Vystrčil, J. - Franc, J. - Slavík, P.: An evaluation tool for research of user behavior in a realistic mobile environment. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 2013, vol. 17, no. 1, p. 3-14. ISSN 1617-4909.
  13. Balata, J. - Míkovec, Z. - Nováček, J.: Field study: How Blind People Communicate While Recovering From Loss of Orientation. In Cognitive Infocommunications (CogInfoCom), 2013 IEEE 4th International Conference on. Budapest: IEEE Hungary Section, University Obuda, 2013, p. 313-317. ISBN 978-1-4799-1543-9.
  14. Balata, J. - Macík, M. - Míkovec, Z.: Context Sensitive Navigation in Hospitals. In Proceedings of the MobileMed 2013 conference,. Praha: Czech Technical University in Prague, 2013.
  15. Balata, J. - Kutíková, A. - Pražáková, K. - Míkovec, Z.: Tangible Heat Maps for Navigation of Visually Impaired Users. In CHI 2013 | Explorations in Social Interaction Design. New York: ACM, 2013.
  16. Vystrčil, J. - Míkovec, Z. - Slavík, P.: NAVITERIER - INDOOR NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED. In Smart Homes 2012. Prague: Czech Technical University, 2012, p. 25-28. ISBN 978-80-01-05144-3.
  17. Balata, J. - Míkovec, Z. - Slavík, P.: Mutual Communication in Navigation of Visually Impaired. In CogInfoCom 2012. 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854-4141: IEEE, 2012, p. 769-774. ISBN 978-1-4673-5185-0.