Foot-based Navigation Control

 
Invention Foot-based Navigation Control
Inventor(s)

Reem Almarzouqi, Hazem Elshorbagy, Husam Haboush, Dr. Yousef Haik

Patent No./Application No.:

US/8,590,416 B2
PCT/US2012/025659
EP12747864.2 
JP 2013-554637 
China 201280009445.50
HK 14100064.5

Invention Description

Many people suffer from temporary and long-term disabilities that do not allow them to use all of their limbs. For example, driving a vehicle without hands is a clear challenge.
The research team developed a system which allows people to operate a motor vehicle using only their feet. Specifically, the device gives the operator full control of the vehicle without the use of arms or upper extremities by providing three separate engagement interfaces attached to the
floor the vehicle:

(1) a steering engagement interface;
(2) an acceleration engagement interface; and
(3) a brake engagement interface

Distinctive Elements
  • Hands-free operation of a vehicle

Potential Applications 
  • Drivers with disabilities

  • Unique terrain machinery operation

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Dec 13, 2017