Here's a protoype for pedestrian navigation on hyperlocal maps, a PND (personal navigation device).
The reason is simple and straightforward: seeing is believing. We're all used to understand Google Maps as the de facto standard in webmapping. GMaps is around since February 2005 - and made it to a category killer. Nevertheless, GMaps hasn't changed too much on the UX or density in the maps used - at least not for connected people using maps on smartphones or other devices. Doing maps on 3''-screens needs different maps.
More pictures, diving a little bit into the device (no, it's not be coincidence that the form factor is almost that of the iPhone.)
We needed to name the baby - so WalkMe was an obvious title. No, we didn't engage lawyers to check and brand or patent issues ...
The GPS-enabled device boots with a nice startup screen:
Let's zoom in using the +/- symbols on an approximate 500m-scale and then go deeper, far beyond rooftop-level.
You'll see mass transit options: Tram, subway, public parking, S-Bahn (suburban trains). Down at the right corner, the compass points north. If GPS is positive, you'll see the icon change.
Here we approach Munich Hauptbahnhof (main station). The little finger icon is guiding the (blue) rubberband, indicating that I want to be guided there.
Stairs down to the subway are already shown at that scale.
The simulation mode would show the path I need to follow to a destination. Looks like this - precise building footprints are displayed at this resolution.
An approximately 50m-scale reveals even more detail - the blueish streets are pedestrian zones.
The deeper we dive into the city, the more detail is shown: precise housenumbers and POIs possible (not yet included in that prototype version).
Ooops, a small bug - german Umlauts were lost somewhere: should read "Prälat-Zistl-Zistl-Strasse" here. Yes: there's still much do do for a really useful application. Better UX/GUI, decent colors, line strengths, proper fonts and symbols. And we will work further into that.
This prototype was realized by and in close cooperation and with the professional support of KOTEI Navi, an innovative chinese company from Wuhan - thanks to our scientific partner Technical University of Munich, the right people and ideas made a perfect fit. Thanks folks - it was a pleasure!