Egocentric Leisure Boat Navigation in a Smartphone-based Augmented Reality Application
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Original versionJournal of navigation. 2018, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0373463318000371
This paper outlines the results of a project to develop and test an augmented reality smart phone application (‘app’) to aid the safety of navigation of leisure sailors with limited navigational skills. The app works in two modes: in the ‘turned off mode’ the app gives an alarm 30 seconds before the boat is predicted to ground. The navigator then immediately stops the boat, picks up the phone and, uses the app to view the surrounding water where NoGo areas less than 3 metres in depth are outlined in red. By panning the smart phone around, safe escape routes with deep water are visible. The prototype app was tested on a group of boat owners in western Norway with very good results, both from technical and usability perspectives. This report outlines the concept of operation of the app, details some of the difficulties encountered in its development and testing, specifies the issues that remain to be resolved to turn the concept into an effective system, and outlines future development plans.