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Solving the Last Mile Problem with Assistive Walking Technologies

Cars were a great replacement for horses and carts at the beginning of the 19th century. However, today cars are number 1 cause of death for citizens who suffer from pollution and reduced health as a result of sedentary lifestyle.

Maybe the next step in the evolution of urban transportation is not better cars, but powered and assisted natural walking and running. Imagine a world where you would run instead of drive within cities. World where healthy mobility solutions powered by green and renewable energies solve the first/last mile problem.

With the advent of assistive walking devices such as exoskeletons, the end of cars in an urban context might be coming from an unexpected angle. Perhaps in the near future, citizens will arrive at metro or bus stations and continue their journey in available walking devices while benefiting from natural assisted body movements. At the end of their journey, devices might be plugged into sharing stations for a renewable energy charge or battery swap.

We invite relevant stakeholders, government agencies, corporations and citizen innovators to join us in the exploration of a more natural urban mobility:

  1. Design competition: How could private or a publicly shared mobility devices based on exoskeletons or other walking technologies which mimic human gait solve the last 1km problem and allow more natural urban mobility? What kind of infrastructure to run or walk on or to recharge or swap batteries would be required?
  2. Personal mobility study funded by up to SGD5,000: How could the last mile problem be solved over what time frame and to what degree with shared or private assistive walking devices replacing cars? Subject to 1:1 matching.

Deadline

  • June 1, 2018

How to Enter

  • Design competition: Submission criteria and instructions coming soon.
  • Personal mobility study: Please contact us to express your interest at awards@croeni.org with the subject “Urban Mobility Study”, clearly specifying your contribution towards a solution.