Development of falcon III: Terrain-adaptive body-stabilizing three-wheeled vehicle


With the appearance of many personal vehicles developed for urban environments, it seems pertinent to address the development of off-road personal vehicles as well. This paper discusses this exact topic, and proposes a three-wheeled configuration which stabilizes the horizontal posture of the vehicle's driver in rough terrain. The merits of such a machine are examined; in addition, a mechanism here called sliding-rod-end is introduced, and the reasons for its use instead of regular rod ends are explained. A full-scale prototype of the machine was built and is briefly presented.

DOI: 10.1109/ROBOT.2010.5509768

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@article{Ickowzcy2010DevelopmentOF, title={Development of falcon III: Terrain-adaptive body-stabilizing three-wheeled vehicle}, author={Ewerton Ickowzcy and Takeshi Aoki and Shigeo Hirose}, journal={2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation}, year={2010}, pages={4934-4939} }