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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.
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Coordinator

IRIS SRL

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Corso Unione Sovietica 612/21
10135 Torino

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 580 781,25

Participants (10)

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MORPHICA SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA SEMPLIFICATA A SOCIO UNICO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 450 187,50

KEEN BULL SAGL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 742 000

MCH-TRONICS SAGL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 1 015 000

KUMO TECHNOLOGIES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 275 625

INNOVAZIONE AUTOMOTIVE E METALMECCANICA SCARL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 261 500

GENNY ANGELS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 274 312,50

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 1 529 000

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 557 500

NETWORK SOCIETY RESEARCH LTD

United Kingdom

EPHORATE OF ANTIQUITIES OF ACHAIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 92 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 768908

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 188 250

  • EU contribution

    € 5 778 656,25

Coordinated by:

IRIS SRL

Italy