WHILL Inc., a developer and service provider of electric mobility devices, has launched the Model Ri, an urban mobility scooter designed for active seniors that features an enhanced turning radius and electronic stability control. The Model Ri is also the winner of this year’s iF Design Award, one of the world’s most prestigious design honors.

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Over one billion people live with disabilities and over 80 million require daily wheelchair usage, according to the World Health Organization. With the global population aging and projected to reach 2.1 billion people over 60 by 2050, the Model Ri could play a vital role in improving accessibility for all individuals.

Stability, Maneuverability, and Portability

The Model Ri incorporates stability, maneuverability, and portability, making it ideal for navigating busy streets and crowded indoor spaces. According to Whill, the dual motor system provides smooth control and the tightest turning radius in its class, maximizing mobility indoors and outdoors. 

The Model Ri utilizes independent suspension and a stabilizer for electronic stability control, helpful while navigating tight turns, curbs, and other common obstacles. In addition, the Model Ri’s steering angle sensor automatically adjusts speed when turning, to ensure users are safe, comfortable, and confident.

Model Ri Smartphone App

WHILL’s smartphone app allows users to personalize their experience with options like keyless power-on, and three drive modes, including Eco for efficiency and longer journeys, Standard for everyday commuting, and Sport for increased speed. In addition, the app allows users to track essential details like mileage, LG Energy Solution battery level, distance traveled, and charge cycles, features all designed to adapt to the fast-paced lifestyles of its users.

“At WHILL, we recognized a pressing need for a new approach to urban mobility for active seniors,” says Satoshi Sugie, WHILL co-founder and CEO. “With the Model Ri, we aimed to create more than a scooter—we envisioned a companion that offers stability, easy maneuverability, and a simple design that appeals to everyone. We are proud that the Model Ri is the first scooter of its kind to have an accompanying application that ensures users are in control of their own experience.”

Simple Design, Personal Style

The design of WHILL’s Model Ri is simple and minimalistic, and the scooter takes just 10 seconds to assemble. Steering away from traditional bulky scooters, its sleek, modern aesthetic makes it an appealing option for users. Personal style can be expressed further with color options for the tiller cover, while an ergonomic seat and breathable mesh back prioritize comfort. The scooter is ISO 13485 certified for medical grade safety and quality.

If interested in learning more about the Model Ri, visit https://whill.inc/us/whill-model-ri.