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Smart wheelchair system for airport passengers with reduced mobility

Objective

To develop a smart wheelchair system that transports multiple passengers at a time and requires minimal human supervision.

                                       

Description

Nowadays, a service staff is required to push a manual wheelchair for every mobility-impaired passenger in most of the airport terminals. This incurs high labour cost and low efficiency in airport daily operation. Our team is developing a control system that enables autonomous and semi-autonomous operation of wheelchairs in the airport terminals that would significantly help to alleviate the need for manpower to physically transport hundreds of wheelchairs, individually, on a daily basis.

     


                                           A prototype of the smart wheelchair incorporated with vision,                                                                                               obstacles detection sensor and electric motor control.


                     Leader-follower pairs operation.                               Demonstration of smart wheelchair system

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