Italdesign presents first sharing smart mobility service for wheelchair users
Italdesign and Etisalat announced the renewal of their collaboration, bringing – as a world-premiere, the first demonstrator of WheeM-i – the first smart mobility proposal designed for wheelchair users at the Dubai World Trade Centre during GITEX Technology Week.
WheeM-i is the bicycle-sharing system equivalent for wheelchairs. It consists of “wheel-on”, meaning the user can roll on it directly with the wheelchair, semi-autonomous, electric devices, located in urban hubs, making travelling around cities much simpler and easier for people with lightweight manual wheelchairs.
Users will be able to book WheeM-i through an app, reaching the closest hub and getting on board the pre-booked WheeM-i with their own wheelchairs. At the end of the service, users will return it to the closest hub, making it available for the next ones.
WheeM-i features integrated systems that help users to avoid any collisions with fixed or mobile obstacles and is designed to help them to easily overcome architectural barriers.
Connected via an app, it will enable users to interact with the device, with other wheelchair users, other means of transport and transport applications (via API).