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New Tech To Help Wheelchair Users on Travel
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New Tech To Help Wheelchair Users on Travel

Long-distance travel has always been a challenge for everyone, especially for people with disability. However, companies are already working to address these mobility issues. These companies are keen on building a new innovative product that will help wheelchair users increase their independence and improve their travel experience.

The new mobility service will soon allow people with disability to summon autonomous wheelchair to help them in their travel needs.  The new technology will be developed by two experienced companies, who shared a vision to change the personal mobility and transportation industry.

Scootaround, an American equipment rental and repair platform, and WHILL, maker of intelligent power wheelchair system, have teamed up to launch a new mobility service for large venues and urban transportation.  The main goal is to provide a completely seamless travel experience for wheelchair users in places with heavy traffic flow like airports, theme parks, large venues, and hospitals.

The partnership and the new mobility service

Based in Yokohoma, Japan, WHILL has transformed the traditional wheelchair and scooter experience with the introduction of the approachable and aesthetically powered wheelchairs and vehicles. WHILL created the innovative Intelligent Personal Electric Vehicle to help people in the disability community. It’s now one of the leading brands in the wheelchair market. Scootaround is a leading personal transportation solution firm that offers rental and repair services for mobility devices at over 2500 locations. Both companies have deep market experience and a leader in their own field. More importantly, they both have a strong focus on addressing mobility issues.

The two companies have teamed up to work on a worldwide platform for assistive technology devices and offer a Mobility-as-a-service model that can be implemented everywhere to improve the travel experience for people on wheelchairs. The Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) model would allow wheelchair users to use a Uber-style app to call an autonomous vehicle (WHILL power wheelchair) over to them and go whenever they want. Once they are done with the autonomous wheelchair, the power wheelchair will return to its dedicated docking station on its own.

The new mobility service will combine Scootaround’s mobility management experience with WHILL’s advanced wheelchair technology. Together, the two companies are set to evolve the current travel landscape for people with mobility issues, allowing them to travel seamlessly from their origin to their destination.

For now, the new service will be implemented first in large public areas like airports, theme parks, and hospitals. The new mobility service will launch first in the United States where the American firm Scootaround has a huge presence. A number of airlines, convention centers, and large organizations have already signed up with the new mobility service. For more about this new service, check out Scootaround and WHILL websites.

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