Autonomous Wheelchair Tested At Tokyo Airport
Panasonic is testing autonomous wheelchairs at Tokyo Haneda Airport to bring simple and safe mobility to the disabled.
It works by setting up pick-up and drop-off destinations on a smartphone app. After that, the autonomous wheelchair arrives and transports the user to the chosen destination.
Once done, it will pick-up the next passenger or return to a docking station.
Sensors help it avoid collisions with pedestrians and luggage, and a tandem function enables the wheelchairs to travel in a group, giving disabled families the ability to travel together.
The wheelchairs will be tested at Haneda through March 2018, with plans to fully deploy at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.