Route optimization using forecasting, wheelchair modelling and path planning

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Abstract

In routing systems, the capability to generate reliable safe routes depends on the integration of a path optimization algorithm with dynamics and models. In this work, a system based on a novel route optimization algorithm is considered. The sensitivity of the lowest energy solutions is analyzed considering different simplified wheelchair models. The aim is to implement a system for routing wheelchairs around obstacles so that more people can safely drive powered wheelchairs. Powered wheelchairs can positively impact participation, activity, wellbeing, pain and self-esteem. Systems described here can allowing more autonomous or collaborative driving, and enhance mobility of disabled individuals finding it difficult to use standard powered wheelchairs. The work included a small qualitative exploratory study that exposed three topics: (a) “situations that might benefit from path planning and obstacle avoidance; (b) “optimism concerning the use of technological systems on powered wheelchairs”; (c) “characteristics of disabled users that could benefit from using a powered wheelchair”. Findings indicated that the systems presented in this paper could help to overcome some of the difficulties in using powered wheelchairs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Subtitle of host publicationSpecial Session Paper
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 24 Jun 2021
EventIEEE International Conference on
Intelligent Transportation Systems
- Indianapolis, United States
Duration: 19 Sep 202121 Sep 2021
https://2021.ieee-itsc.org

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Conference on
Intelligent Transportation Systems
CountryUnited States
CityIndianapolis
Period19/09/2121/09/21
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