Long distance travel has been rapidly evolving and becoming more and more convenient–cars, trains and even rockets–yet, limited innovation has been developed around moving short distances, especially for people with reduced mobility.
WHILL is bringing to life new technology and services to improve the movement of people in large venues, such as airports, theme parks and hospitals, to “last-mile” transportation–allowing everyone to move smarter and freer, wherever their heart desires. It is an exciting evolution in personal mobility.
A Truly Accessible Experience
WHILL’ s independently developed software and sleek, intuitive design work in harmony to make device rental and sharing on sidewalks and in venues, such as airports, shopping malls and theme parks, simple and safe for anyone to use.
From high costs to poor customer experiences due to a lack of resources and reduced independence for guests, commercial venues all over the world face these common challenges and inefficiencies with moving people with limited mobility throughout their facilities. WHILL Autonomous Drive System addresses these challenges and more to provide a safe, efficient, economical, and fun solution for both the business and their guests.
Unlike autonomous technology for roadways, pedestrian thoroughfares and venues create a set of unique and complex challenges and obstacles such as impeding and unpredictable pedestrian movement, pillars, furniture, debris, and elevation changes. WHILL is addressing it all.
Front and rear mounted cameras and sensors provide ultra-wide angle visibility and obstacle detection. Pre-collected map data is compared against current driving situations to create the safest and optimal route to the rider’ s destination. In the event an object unsafely enters its pathway, auto-stop functionality will prevent a collision.
Conveniently summon a WHILL Autonomous Drive device for pickup. Upon trip completion or abandonment, the device will automatically return to its base.
Businesses can easily manage a fleet of WHILL devices utilizing wireless technology. Track and locate all devices from a single dashboard, set a geofence to prevent theft, and monitor the health of devices including distance traveled, battery charge level and charge cycles, and operational errors–alleviating businesses from the burden of the manual practices and processes of today.
WHILL is looking to collaborate with partners, providing a range of services to create the optimal solution. Seamlessly integrating the Autonomous Drive System and customized Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solution to meet business objectives. Work together with WHILL’s strategic partner network — including industry-leading manufacturers and service providers — to run more efficiently and gain a competitive advantage with unparalleled innovation, and award-winning design and technology.
Package 1: WHILL provides the hardware as well as options and libraries necessary for development. The research and development model — Model CR — is currently available in select regions. We’re looking for partners who are developing autonomous driving systems, universities conducting research including sensors, and R&D engineers.
Package 2: WHILL provides the device and Autonomous Drive System, while partners to build front-end components, including mobility platforms and payment systems. Additionally, we’re looking for partners to develop platforms, not just with WHILL, but with capabilities to integrate with various services and solutions. This service is set to launch in 2020 at airports, museums, attractions etc.
Package 3: WHILL will provide everything from autonomous mobility devices to front-end systems — A full-scale device rental and rideshare business solution. We’re currently seeking partners who want to provide device rentals or ridesharing at airports, commercial facilities, museums, and transit stations. This service package is projected to be in operation by late 2020.