Development of Outdoor Navigation for a Robotic Wheelchair System

Holly A. Yanco

The goal of this research is the creation of a complete robotic wheelchair system to be used by people unable to drive standard powered wheelchairs. A complete robotic wheelchair system must be able to navigate indoor and outdoor environments and should switch automatically between navigation modes. For the system to be useful, it must be easily customized for the specific access methods required for each user. This abstract focuses on the vision system being developed for outdoor navigation and the method for selecting whether to use the indoor navigation mode or the outdoor navigation mode. A report of the indoor navigation mode and user interface can be found in (Yanco In press).

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