COMPUTERIZED NAVIGATION ASSISTANCE FOR DRIVERS

Authors

  • David M. Mark,

    1. DAVID M. MARK is an Associate Professor of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260. His current research interests include artificial intelligence, quadtrees, navigation aids, and digital elevation models.
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  • Michael D. Gould,

    1. MICHAEL D. COULD is a Master's candidate in Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is currently conducting research related to vehicle navigation aids and geographic information systems.
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  • Matthew McGranaghan

    1. MATTHEW MCCRANACHAN is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822. His current research interests include color in cartography, perception, and spatial cognition.
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Abstract

Computer-assisted navigation systems provide navigation information to automobile drivers and are now available. They are capable of storing, processing and displaying information about street networks. The display typically mimics a printed street map. The underlying capabilities of these systems present unique opportunities for geographers to study spatial cognition, wayfinding, spatial search, the impact of spatial information on trip behavior, and market responses to potentially different travel patterns. Such systems are reviewed and key areas for future research are identified.

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