Project MEM’S: My Easy Moving System
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 761917
In Europe more than 5 million wheelchairs are used, of which nearly 1 million are used by quadriplegics and paraplegics persons who need to use the car as a mean of personal mobility.
Today the solutions offered by the market to try to give these citizens a support are mainly two: devices to install on cars, single-user mini cars built around the wheelchair. The weakness of the first solution is the lack of industrial standardisation, which can require high installation and personalisation costs resulting in an average expenditure of Euro 30,000. Regarding the second solution, the level of safety of these mini-cars is lower compared to the serial production cars.
The goal of our project is to bring onto the market an innovative independent mobility solution that overcomes the limitations of the devices currently available. By using robotics-based technology, our solution will allow the disabled person to use his/her electric wheelchair as a driver's seat in his/her car, without any intervention or assistance required of third parties. Our solution has been designed as original equipment to be installed by carmakers.
Thanks to our invention disabled people can have a mobility solution, without compromise, at a third of the average expenditure needed today; the national health systems will have a potential saving, calculated in the case only our system is installed, of two-thirds of the current cost, amounting between 600 million Euro and 1.300 million Euro per year, while improving the quality and the level of performance.