Image-based navigation occurs when a user takes a photo of their whereabouts in a facility and is provided with a navigation path based on their current location. This method of navigation requires the facility to have a massive database of photos of all the stores within the building that act as landmarks for wayfinding.
The user would then take a photo of their surroundings and the algorithm finds the best route for their destination.
It seems as though it would be relatively easy to implement image-based navigation in a facility since most of the population has a mobile device that has a camera, but this is simply not the case. There are many different factors that come into play when using an image as a point of reference for wayfinding.
Challenges with the technology:
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