JRM Vol.23 No.1 pp. 116-125
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2011.p0116


Development of a New Type of Personal Vehicle for Rough-Terrain Applications

Ewerton Ickowzcy*, Takeshi Aoki**, and Shigeo Hirose*

*Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, I1-52, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan

**Department of Advanced Robotics, Chiba Institute of Technology, 2-17-1 Tsudanuma, Narashino-shi, Chiba 275-0016, Japan

May 25, 2010
August 10, 2010
February 20, 2011
personal vehicle, rough terrain, mechanism design, posture control, three-wheeled vehicle

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.

Cite this article as:
Ewerton Ickowzcy, Takeshi Aoki, and Shigeo Hirose, “Development of a New Type of Personal Vehicle for Rough-Terrain Applications,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.23, No.1, pp. 116-125, 2011.
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