Self-Driving Wheelchairs launched at a Hospital and Airport
Two robotic wheelchairs have been introduced this year that are self-driven and creating a lot of interest.
One wheelchair is at a Singaporean hospital and another at a Japanese airport. The self-driven wheelchairs have been made by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology- SMART.
The technology uses sensors to detect nearby obstacles and the robot’s computer uses data to make a map and move around.
The design has been made stable and smart to fit through normal sized doors.
Panasonic is also conducting testing of a similar wheelchair.
This wheelchair can identify its position, select a path and move to a destination which is selected by the user through a smartphone app.