SMART trials self-driving wheelchair at hospital


The same technology we developed for autonomous
driving could be used to create these smaller lightweight devices. Like an autonomous scooter, or an autonomous
wheelchair. We started research on our autonomous wheelchairs
about a 1.5 years ago. The objective was to bring devices that provide
people with personal mobility. And that would make it really easy for people
to go to feed the fish, or to go to the doctor, or to go visit a friend. All you have to do is hop on a chair, point
to where you want to go and the chair would know how to drive you autonomously without
the need of a person to push you around. Our system would compute a path and then it
would execute the path. During the execution of the path, the vehicle
needs to know at all times where it’s located. So it uses the sensors to see the world and
then it matches the features that it sees against the features in the map. So that’s how the map is used. The vehicle is also able to detect other people
and other unmapped obstacles. In real time. We can detect these new objects that may be
static obstacles. We can also detect people and other objects
and drive around them. I think there could be a very nice collaboration
between SMART, NUS, the hospitals in Singapore and the hospitals in the US to bring this new
kind of technology to hospitals. Because the technology will give people much
more flexibility and much richer personal mobility. And at the same time, it would make it better
for the doctors and the nurses who can focus on patient care and would be less worried
about whether they have the right objects or the right people in the right place. So it’s very exciting. I think that the vehicle is very usable. I think that there’s openness by people to
use it and to try it. So we’re excited about really making it work.

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