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dysonawardThe Assistive Robotic Transport for Youngsters (ARTY) is a smart, robotic wheelchair designed to give the freedom of independent mobility to young children with disabilities, particularly those who are unable to use a regular powered wheelchair safely. ARTY can be used as a daily assistive living tool or as a training tool in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

ARTY’s design integrates ideas from robotics technology to prevent unsafe situations. Using a combination of sensors, ARTY perceives its environment and makes control decisions to avoid crashes. Although ARTY can be fully autonomous (it can drive itself), we believe a shared-control approach is more natural for most individuals, particularly children who may graduate on to use a regular powered wheelchair.

ARTY was selected as one of the UK 2012 James Dyson Award Finalists and had a TechReview mention.

A Short FAQ

Q: Can ARTY avoid all kinds of obstacles?

ARTY can avoid things that its sensors can see. Recent student led projects have extended ARTY to detect kerbs and drop-offs and provide feedback to the driver via a force-feedback joystick.

Q: Will ARTY be made open-source?

Some elements (those under our copyright) will be made available. I’m currently packaging the obstacle avoidance code into a ROS package that I will make free online. In the meantime, for details, you can refer to my publications.

Q: Can I take ARTY for a test drive?

It depends. Do send me an email at and we’ll see what we can set up.

Q: Is ARTY available commercially?

Not yet. ARTY is a research project within the Personal Robotics Lab at Imperial College London. It is currently being field tested at a London hospital.

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