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Object Identification and Safe Route Recommendation Based on Human Flow for the Visually Impaired

Department of Production Systems Engineering and Sciences, Komatsu University, Awazu Campus, Komatsu ⍑923-0921, Japan
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Sensors 2019, 19(24), 5343; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19245343
Received: 31 October 2019 / Revised: 25 November 2019 / Accepted: 3 December 2019 / Published: 4 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
It is difficult for visually impaired people to move indoors and outdoors. In 2018, world health organization (WHO) reported that there were about 253 million people around the world who were moderately visually impaired in distance vision. A navigation system that combines positioning and obstacle detection has been actively researched and developed. However, when these obstacle detection methods are used in high-traffic passages, since many pedestrians cause an occlusion problem that obstructs the shape and color of obstacles, these obstacle detection methods significantly decrease in accuracy. To solve this problem, we developed an application “Follow me!”. The application recommends a safe route by machine learning the gait and walking route of many pedestrians obtained from the monocular camera images of a smartphone. As a result of the experiment, pedestrians walking in the same direction as visually impaired people, oncoming pedestrians, and steps were identified with an average accuracy of 0.92 based on the gait and walking route of pedestrians acquired from monocular camera images. Furthermore, the results of the recommended safe route based on the identification results showed that the visually impaired people were guided to a safe route with 100% accuracy. In addition, visually impaired people avoided obstacles that had to be detoured during construction and signage by walking along the recommended route. View Full-Text
Keywords: human flow; visually impaired; object identification; safe route recommendation human flow; visually impaired; object identification; safe route recommendation
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Kajiwara, Y.; Kimura, H. Object Identification and Safe Route Recommendation Based on Human Flow for the Visually Impaired. Sensors 2019, 19, 5343.

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