Ewerton Ickowzcy, Takeshi Aoki, and Shigeo Hirose
This paper discusses the development of a new type of personal vehicle designed specially for rough-terrain applications. The selection of suitable shapes and mechanisms for such a vehicle is addressed; a threewheeled configuration which maintains the horizontal posture of the vehicle°«s passenger in rough terrain is proposed, and different possibilities of implementation are investigated. Experiments with a full-scale prototype of the vehicle are presented.
Keywords: personal vehicle, rough terrain, mechanism design, posture control, three-wheeled vehicle