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A robotics wheelchair for crowded public environment

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3 Author(s)
E. Prassler ; FAW, Ulm, Germany ; J. Scholz ; P. Fiorini

Describes the robotic wheelchair MAid (Mobility Aid for Elderly and Disabled People). MAid's task is to support and transport people with limited motion skills. It is based on a commercial wheelchair that has been equipped with an intelligent control and navigation system. Conversations with disabled and elderly people and with their physicians indicate that the automatic functions desired in a robotic wheelchair do not include following walls or passing doorways, but do include navigation in narrow, cluttered environments and through wide, crowded areas. MAid performs these functions

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IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 1 )