Italdesign’s Moby project is a finalist of the Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge
Italdesign’s Moby project is one of the five finalists of the Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge, and it has been awarded with 500 thousand dollars. The announcement was made yesterday in Las Vegas during CES 2019.
Moby is the first mobility service designed for wheelchair users and it’s the bicycle-sharing system equivalent. It consists of wheel-on semi-autonomous electric devices located in urban hubs, that will make travelling around cities much simpler and easier for people with lightweight manual wheelchairs. Users will be able to book Moby through an app, then will reach the closest hub and get on board the pre-booked Moby 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.
Moby features integrated systems that help users to avoid any collisions with fixed or mobile obstacles and it 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.
As a finalist of the Challenge Italdesign received 500,000 US dollars that will be used to develop the next stage of the project.
The Mobility Unlimited Challenge in association with the Nesta Challenge Prize Centre, supports radical improvements in the mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis through smarter assistive technology, The Challenge, organized by Toyota Mobility Foundation gathered 80 entries from 28 Countries around the world.