Whill is a company known for designing, creating, and making personal mobility devices and products. The company was founded by Junpei Naito, Muneaki Fukuoka, Naoto Sakakibara, and Satoshi Sugie in 2012, in San Carlos, California, United States.
The company was founded in order to help people who are wheelchair users to both travel to a destination, but to do so without a negative image from society. The goal of the company was made to provide a mobility device that allows user to feel empowered, enthused, and confident to do the things they need and want to do.
The mobility device, the WHILL Personal Electric Vehicles (EV), is meant to be able to explore the world, complement the user, provide safety and security, and to be used for several modes of life. The wheelchair is designed to be compact in size, have intuitive controls, and omni-wheels to make maneuvering the world more enjoyable. It has an all-wheel drive system, is designed for long range, and is designed for stability.
Whill is a company that participated in the 500 Startups Batch 6 cohort in May 2013 and raised an estimated $32,349,999.
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- CompanyA company, abbreviated as "Co." within a company name, is a legal entity made up of an association of people, be they natural, legal, or a mixture of both, for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise.
- MobilityThe ability to move freely.
- TransportationIndustry of companies that provide products and services moving people, goods, or the infrastructure to do so.
- Elderly careFulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens