In most people’s minds, the term "autonomous driving" refers first and foremost to automated private vehicles, which should soon enable us to get quickly and safely from A to B – without wasting precious time on the mundane activity of steering our vehicles. However, the concept is infinitely more meaningful for people with a severe handicap that curtails their independence or even robs them entirely of their personal autonomy. This part of society is the target group the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) had in mind in when developing the RODEM mobility device it is now unveiling at CeBIT 2017.
RODEM, the world’s first robotic mobility vehicle, which makes it easy and safer for people with severely limited mobility to move around, was designed and built in Japan, this year’s partner country of CeBIT. For example, RODEM meets one of the major challenges presented by the aging population by providing people with disabilities with a safe and comfortable means of moving between their bed, wheelchair and personal hygiene facilities. Its seat can be adjusted to the same height as the bed or toilet to allow the user to move between different places without a great deal of effort. If you want to find out how many more barriers RODEM can break down, we recommend you glide along to NEDO at CeBIT 2017.