Intelligent wheelchairs can become an important solution to assist individuals with severe disabilities (caused by paraplegia, cerebral palsy, aging, etc.) and who are unable to perform their daily activities using classic powered wheelchairs. Intelligent wheelchairs are powered wheelchairs provided with some robotic technology to improve the user's mobility, allowing the wheelchair to avoid obstacles and move automatically. This article describes the concept and design of a platform to facilitate the development of intelligent wheelchairs. Preliminary prototype tests have shown that intelligent wheelchairs may effectively reduce a user's limitations, offering them a much more independent life.
Volume 48 Number 9, 2011
Pages 1061 — 1076
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