Accessible Mobile Map Application and Interaction for People with Visual or Mobility Impairments

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Modern map applications provide their users with a multitude of functions that can be used through different forms of interactions. However, many map providers do not adequately meet the needs of users with blindness, low vision or mobility impairments. Therefore, we investigated interaction concepts for an accessible mobile map application. Theses concepts not only focus on the user interface, but also on the map content, which should be accessible to the target groups as well. We conducted a pilot study in which nine participants tested the usability and accessibility of the developed application. Our results show that we created a viable alternative for making map content accessible to people with different needs by providing an additional list view. Feedback from subjects indicated that in future, the listed items need to be meaningfully classified and ordered such that users with visual impairments or blindness can use them to form a mental picture of their surroundings.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Mensch und Computer 2022
EditorsMax Muhlhauser, Christian Reuter, Bastian Pfleging, Thomas Kosch, Andrii Matviienko, Kathrin Gerling, Sven Mayer, Wilko Heuten, Tanja Doring
Number of pages9
ISBN (electronic)9781450396905
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

External IDs

Scopus 85139150405
dblp conf/mc/RottmannLW22
Mendeley 8a19620c-585a-337b-a2c7-7643f4a73a89
unpaywall 10.1145/3543758.3543780
ORCID /0000-0002-1890-4281/work/141544926