"Vection Field" for pedestrian traffic control

Masahiro Furukawa, Hiromi Yoshikawa, Taku Hachisu, Shogo Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kajimoto

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13 Citations (Scopus)


Visual signs and audio cues are commonly used for pedestrian control in the field of general traffic research. Because pedestrians need to first acquire and then recognize such cues, time delays invariably occur between cognition and action. To better cope with this issue of delays, wearable devices have been proposed to control pedestrians more intuitively. However, the attaching and removing of the devices can be cumbersome and impractical. In this study, we propose a new visual navigation method for pedestrians using a "Vection Field" in which the optical flow is presented on the ground. The optical flow is presented using a lenticular lens, a passive optical element that generates a visual stimulus based on a pedestrian's movement without an electrical power supply. In this paper we present a design for the fundamental visual stimulus and evaluate the principle of our proposed method for directional navigation. Results revealed that the optical-flow of a stripe and random-dot pattern displaced pedestrian pathways significantly, and that implementation with a lenticular lens is feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd Augmented Human International Conference, AH'11
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd Augmented Human International Conference, AH'11 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Mar 13 2011Mar 13 2011

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference2nd Augmented Human International Conference, AH'11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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