How well do online maps provide routing directions? A study by masters student Wilfred Waters (with Associate Professor Stephan Winter) from the Department of Geomatics at the University of Melbourne in Australia is looking to answer that question. The ultimate aim of the study is to understand how to improve information given to people who use navigation services like online maps and GPSs.
So, how can you help? Participate in the Urban Navigation Experiment at http://www.boommap.com/. The study takes about twenty minutes total. You need to be at least 18 years old to participate and involves watching a video of driving along a route in an urban area. After that is a questionnaire where you have to judge some maps which may match the route. There is also a short practice run beforehand to familiarise you with the procedure. As a bonus, those that complete the experiment will be entered into a drawing to win a GPS valued at approximately $AU150.