What is the best way to get airport passengers with reduced mobility to the gate and back? Nowadays, many airports use golf carts. But as the name says, these vehicles aren't designed with airports in mind. Therefore, Dutch manufacturer Special Mobility asked design firm Studio Rotor to design a vehicle that does meet the specific needs of airports and passengers.
Meet the Multimobby. It's a highly maneuverable electric vehicle, which is able to make 360 degree turns on the spot. It automatically slows down for obstacles and/or persons that walk too close to the vehicle. The high sides provide safety for passengers, especially when going through narrow spaces or into elevators. The wheels are fully covered to protect the people around the vehicle. And it's fun to drive!
This vehicle is designed with safety in mind. The driver seat is raised to provide clear oversight of the surroundings. Also, the high side doors ensure that passengers won't put their arms outside. Next to these physical barriers, a full sensor package monitors obstacles and people outside the vehicle. The speed is automatically reduced if necessary to prevent a collision.
Fun to ride for drivers and passengers
The Multimobby drives like a tank–in a positive way. With its zero-turning radius, drivers can make 360 degree turns on the spot. It's actually easy to drive it into an elevator. And seriously, who wouldn't want to drive into an elevator?
Efficient and comfortable
This vehicle design can take up to 7 passengers, whereas current solutions can only take 5 with the same outer dimensions. Through a smart vehicle layout, it is possible to provide every passenger with enough leg space. Furthermore, all seats have a low entrance, to ensure accessibility for less mobile passengers. The first vehicles are currently being tested at Brussel Airport and London Heathrow, and early feedback is very positive.