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Lifecycle-reconfigurable Smart Mobility Platform to enable autonomous and cost-effective personalized solutions for social inclusion of disabled and elderly while leveraging AM technologies

Objective

FreeWheel promotes social inclusion of disabled and elderly people through a urban mobility solution consisting of a unit integrating an autonomous “smart active” module, multiple custom interfaces and an app. Such a solution can be either rented (a sharing service available at in-door and out-door urban facilities), or sold; in the latter case the unit includes a fully personalized wheelchair.

FreeWheel satisfies the need for customization, both on the user and on the vehicle side, through the implementation of a modular concept based on standard reconfigurable, low-cost modules (e.g. engine, gears, control unit, HMI, etc.) and on ultra-customized interfaces (e.g. body-to-vehicle, engine-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, etc.), produced via additive manufacturing. Re-configurability is achieved through an easy exchange of standard modules in different products.

A further objective is making affordable the lifecycle cost of the above-mentioned mobility service (and/or product) through an innovative business model that offers mobility as a service (independent of vehicle ownership) and by leveraging dematerialization (reduction of manufacturing lead times and investment costs) and product re-configurability.

The expected impact is:
- Social inclusion of elderly and disabled citizens: the project will demonstrate affordability and safety in accessing public spaces in urban areas;
- Short time-to-market: 70% less than the conventional approach.
- Significant cost reduction in the manufacturing of a personalised wheelchair unit as a result of the re-usability and adaptability of personalised products components;
- Ultra-low environmental impact: re-usability of modules and efficient manufacturing leading to more than 70% in environmental impact reduction regarding primary resources consumed while offering this mobility service.

Call for proposal

H2020-FOF-2017
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Coordinator

IRIS SRL
Address
Corso Unione Sovietica 612/21
10135 Torino
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 585 156,25

Participants (10)

MORPHICA SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 450 187,50
Address
Via Ricasoli 19-21
70043 Monopoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KEEN BULL SAGL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 742 000
Address
Via Pretorio 11
6900 Lugano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MCH-TRONICS SAGL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 010 625
Address
Via Cantonale Centro Galleria 3
6928 Manno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KUMO TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 275 625
Address
Avda Zugarzarte 8 Torre
48930 Getxo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INNOVAZIONE AUTOMOTIVE E METALMECCANICA SCARL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 261 500
Address
Via Nazionale Snc
66030 Santa Maria Imbaro
Activity type
Research Organisations
GENNY ANGELS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 274 312,50
Address
Via Donizetti 30
20122 Milano
Activity type
Other
SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 529 000
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 557 500
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NETWORK SOCIETY RESEARCH LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
3Rd Floor 14 Hanover Street
W1S 1YH London
Activity type
Other
EPHORATE OF ANTIQUITIES OF ACHAIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 92 750
Address
Alexandrou Ypsilantou 197
261 10 Patra
Activity type
Research Organisations