WHILL debuts autonomous technology

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

SAN CAROLS, Calif. – WHILL, a manufacturer of personal electric vehicles (PEVs), will introduce and demonstrate the WHILL Autonomous Drive at the Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas. “The WHILL Autonomous Drive PEV will be common in future public settings,” said Satoshi Sugie, co-founder and CEO of WHILL. “In the not-so-distant future, a user who has difficulty walking will merely ‘summon’ the vehicle. The technology will allow even first-time operators to experience greater independence, as they’re relieved of the burden of requiring assistance.” The autonomous drive is part of WHILL’s “mobility-as-a-service infrastructure of the future.” The company has agreements with several major airports to trial and conduct feasibility studies of its manual and autonomous PEVs. In addition to providing traveler convenience, the autonomous drive’s “auto-return/auto-dispatch functionality” will reduce the manpower needed to collect wheelchairs and reduce overall operating expenses.