Robotic Wheelchair Drives Itself
Robots, Shimizu, TOP, Wheelchair, japan

Shimizu Japan has developed a robotic wheelchair that does not look very technological or well-designed, but is definitely useful. It is outfitted with sensors that recognize environmental conditions, detect hazards and read information from nearby buildings via IC tags. That means the chair is able to maneuver itself safely to a pre-specified destination. It can also be operated manually, and has wheel drive control and emergency shutdown. This is part of a government-sponsored push for ubiquitous networking in Japan, and this same sort of technology is being tested for use with delivery robots and even shopping and baggage carts.

Just came across this - don't think it has been posted before. Check out the photos of chair - looks like it has all the gadgets needed for city life!