Autonomous Wheelchairs Will Help Passengers Navigate A Japanese Airport

Autonomous Wheelchairs Will Help Passengers Navigate A Japanese Airport
Health

The self-navigating wheelchairs allow users to input their destination and will automatically calculate the best route

Lauren Kirkwood
  • 14 august 2017

Passengers with physical disabilities and other mobility limitations will soon have a more efficient means of navigating Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. Robotic electric wheelchairs from Panasonic will soon be introduced as part of a broader effort to make the airport more widely accessible.

The chairs will allow passengers to input their desired destination by entering it into a smartphone. Their chosen wheelchair will then identify its position and determine the quickest way to get to the destination, navigating through terminals filled with other passengers and their luggage.

The robotic wheelchairs will be equipped with sensors to ensure they don’t collide with people or objects on the way, and groups of chairs will be able to move through the airport together, helping to prevent families from getting lost en route to their gate. The chairs will be tested between now and March 2018 before the new program is implemented.

Haneda Airport | Panasonic

Passengers with physical disabilities and other mobility limitations will soon have a more efficient means of navigating Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. Robotic electric wheelchairs from Panasonic will soon be introduced as part of a broader effort to make the airport more widely accessible.

+accessibility
+Asia
+Automotive
+Health
+japan
+mobile
+navigation
+panasonic
+retail
+technology
+travel

Learn About Our Membership Services

Need Research Help?
As a member you can ask us any research questions and get complimentary research assistance with a 4-day turnaround. Reports inclde stats, quotes, and best-inclass examples on research topics.
Remain Informed & Strategic
We publish several trends reports each month. By becoming a member you will have access to over 100 existing reports, plus a growing catalog of deep topical analysis and debrief-style reports so you always remain in the know.
See Trends Come To Life
Meet your peers and immerse yourself in monthly trend and innovation webinars and discounted conferences.
No search results found.