Wheelchair mobility has made huge strides in recent years, from wheelchairs that allow users to venture off-road into the wilderness to chairs that feel right at home on a sandy beach. The Italian engineering firm Italdesign wants to push the limits of mobility even further with the introduction of the WheeM-i wheelchair sharing system.
WheeM-i is a fully electric wheelchair mobility service for wheelchair users. WheeM-i stands for Wheelchair Mobility Inclusion. Wheelchair users book the mobility system via an app. Once scheduled, the user would approach the WheeM-i hub and activate their booked wheelchair. The all-electric system would then lower his body down and release a ramp for the wheelchair user to “ride” up.
After the user completes his tasks in the city, he returns the chair to the nearest WheeM-i hub to be charged for the next user. As well as being fully electric, the WheeM-i is also equipped with an on-board collision avoidance system to help the rider get to their location safely. For more information about WheeM-i, visit italdesign.com
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