WHILL Launches Ci Assistive Personal Mobility Device That Integrates IoT for Premium Care

By Ken Briodagh January 10, 2018

At CES 2019, WHILL is launching its new Model Ci, an intelligent, personal electric vehicle (PEV) that was designed to eliminate self-consciousness caused by antiquated scooters and wheelchairs. 

The Model Ci combines a sleek, fashionable design with advanced driving features like a joystick for precise maneuverability inside and patented front omni-wheels with two powerful motors to glide through rough undulating city streets as well as off-road terrain without hesitation. Model Ci also disassembles into three components so that it can be transported easily. In the announcement, WHILL said is built the Model Ci Personal EV for those who are active, social and crave adventure. 

Stocked with the latest wireless technologies, the Model Ci incorporates app-enabled driving for greater independence, multiple driving modes to match a driver's riding style and comfort zone, and a digital battery charge indictor to stem range anxiety, all enabled via Bluetooth. Leveraging mobile broadband and GPS, the Model Ci provides predictive product maintenance information as well as remote customer support.
The Model Ci has been named a CES 2018 "Best of Innovation" Awards winner. 

“With its modern design, the Model Ci challenges today's conventions with a product that, due to its futuristic appeal, eliminates the stigma and adverse psychological impact that affects people who use mobility devices,” said Satoshi Sugie, CEO, WHILL, and former Nissan designer. “The result is not just freedom of mobility, but freedom from the self-consciousness often associated with a wheelchair or scooter.”
Model Ci boasts a 10 mile range from its lithium-ion battery and has a top speed of 5mph. The Model Ci is versatile with power to climb hills and conquer rugged terrains yet extremely agile indoors to maneuver through tight doorways and confined areas. Consumers no longer need two devices, one for indoors and another one for outdoors.

Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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