Technology and health care : official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine vol:7 issue:1 pages:39-51
This paper presents the methodological framework for the development of an innovative wheelchair able to solve the problem of use within all transportation modes (car, bus, train, ship, aeroplane). This task calls for a multi-step integrated methodology in order to gather and reconciliate conflicting user needs and requirements regarding safety, manoeuvrability and comfort. The paper describes also the methodology adopted for the system architecture of a modular design wheelchair as well as for its evaluation, ranging from crash tests (both simulations and real tests) to vibration and comfort studies. The work stems from the research conducted in the TRANSWHEEL project (DE 3013), partly financed by the European Union's DE/TAP programme.