Mobility assistance for older people

Eck D, Schilling K, Abdul-Majeed A, Thielecke J, Richter P, Gutiérrez Boronat J, Schens I, Thomas B, Williger B, Lang F (2012)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2012


Original Authors: Lang Frieder R., Eck D., Schilling K., Abdul-Majeed A., Thielecke J., Richter P., Boronat J. G., Schens I., Thomas B., Williger Bettina

Publisher: Taylor & Francis / IOS Press

Book Volume: 9

Pages Range: 69-83

Journal Issue: 1

DOI: 10.3233/ABB-2012-0053


This paper describes the development of a scooter supporting the mobility of older people. The scooter is equipped with a drive assistance system and a special scooter navigation system. The drive assistance system consists of a velocity controller, a steering controller, and a collision avoidance system. In this paper it is demonstrated how the challenging control and steering tasks are modified to increase safety for older people. A special scooter navigation system is presented, to support elderly people in navigating on a safe route through the city using sidewalks, pedestrian lights and crosswalks. For extended positioning requirements a hybrid positioning system was developed combining GPS, WLAN, and inertial sensor data. By combination of these technical improvements it is demonstrated how older people are able to preserve their self-determined and independent life. Usability research was done with focus groups in order to become familiar with global user demands and expectations towards a mobility assistance system. Results show that the system components are expected to assist the user in navigation, steering and speed control rather than to take complete control on the driving situation. © 2012 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.

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Eck, D., Schilling, K., Abdul-Majeed, A., Thielecke, J., Richter, P., Gutiérrez Boronat, J.,... Lang, F. (2012). Mobility assistance for older people. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 9(1), 69-83.


Eck, Daniel, et al. "Mobility assistance for older people." Applied Bionics and Biomechanics 9.1 (2012): 69-83.

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