Powered Wheelchair Race
About the Discipline
Motorized wheelchairs can make everyday life much easier for people with a walking disability. The important thing is that they can overcome obstacles such as ramps and yet are not too large to drive under a normal table. Motorized wheelchairs that are controlled by joystick, tongue control, touchpad or other technologies are eligible for this race and are characterized by innovative approaches to overcome obstacles such as stairs.
= Highest score
= Best obstacle time
= Obstacle passed
= Did not finish
For further information check out the detailed CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition’s Races and Rules
About the Competition
The CYBATHLON wants to encourage the teams to come up with innovative solutions to cope with everyday challenges for wheelchair users. Therefore, the race features tasks that require the wheelchair to be manoeuvred in confined spaces such as doorways or between furniture. The wheelchair also needs to be able to adapt to different surfaces like rough terrain, slopes and even stairs.
At the CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition the pilots have to solve six different tasks. The pilot that solves the most tasks in the least amount of time correctly wins the race. The pilot may skip certain tasks but cannot return to them later.
Inclusion criteria for pilots
Pilots with different kinds of spinal cord injuries or any other severe trauma preventing them from walking can participate in the race.
New challenges for 2020
The competition disciplines have been developed further since 2016 and the following innovations are available in the course with motorized wheelchairs. The door at the last task Ramp & Door must be opened and closed by a technical aid with an external energy source (e.g. robot arm). On the stairs, six instead of three steps have to be overcome on both sides and control of the wheelchair has to be demonstrated by stopping while going down.