A new personal transport device designed to fit into a car boot where the spare wheel usually goes, is among finalists in our search for new ways of getting about.
The Carr-E – developed by systems engineer Kilian Vas – can transport people or objects up to 120 kg, has a range of 14 miles and a top speed of 11 mph and was among 633 proposals for new personal mobility solutions created by our employees as part of our Last Mile Mobility Challenge.
The idea is that these devices help to make transportation better in areas where vehicles are not permitted or practical, and help people to get to their final destination from their car.
“We really need to reinvent the wheel, to find new approaches to mobility,” said Vas, who collaborated with colleague Daniel Hari, manager Dr. Uwe Wagner, our designers and specialists from RWTH Aachen University. “I was aware of how rapidly cities are growing and how getting around urban areas will become progressively more complicated. I really wanted to create a device that makes commuting easier and more fun.”
Also shortlisted is the TriCiti – a folding electric tricycle that can be easily adapted into a shopping cart, stack trolley or golf buggy; and the eChair concept – an electric wheelchair that can be autonomously loaded into a vehicle.
“Innovation and disruption is as much at the heart of how our engineers think now, as it was when Henry Ford first set about transforming the way we move,” said spokesman Walter Pijls. “Personal assistant devices can help people to cover the final kilometres of their journey quickly and easily, and to transport heavy objects they might not be able to carry.”
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