JRM Vol.34 No.1 pp. 167-176
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2022.p0167

Development Report:

Development of Train-Boarding Assistance Device for Wheelchair

Keunyoung Kim, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Kenta Matsumoto, and Takuya Hashimoto

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo University of Science
6-3-1 Niijuku, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 125-8585, Japan

March 23, 2021
August 25, 2021
February 20, 2022
wheelchair, railway, train-riding device, without external power

Wheelchair users require the assistance of station staff when boarding trains due to step differences and the gap between the platform and train. Therefore, they feel stressed in the movement with the train. In addition, the burden on station employees is increasing with the increasing number of wheelchair users at railway stations. In this study, an assistance device is proposed to address these challenges. This device can be used with any existing wheelchair, platform, and train and does not require external power sources, such as electricity. Using this device, a wheelchair user can board a train independently without assistance.

Train-boarding assistance device for wheelchair

Train-boarding assistance device for wheelchair

Cite this article as:
K. Kim, H. Kobayashi, K. Matsumoto, and T. Hashimoto, “Development of Train-Boarding Assistance Device for Wheelchair,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.34 No.1, pp. 167-176, 2022.
Data files:
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