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.

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