October 20, 2015 — CVG, rated Best Regional Airport in North America for five straight years by SkyTrax, is the first airport in the United States to perform pilot testing using WHILL, Inc.’s next generation personal mobility vehicle. Testing parameters and commercial use opportunities will be evaluated over several weeks at CVG with airport staff.
WHILL, Inc. is a San Francisco based start-up that makes the world’s first personal mobility device to combine the All Directional Wheel technology and 4WD. Founded and designed by former Toyota and Nissan automobile industry experts and engineers, WHILL, Inc. is the first mobility device of its kind. Fueled by a mission to change the perception of personal mobility device through design, WHILL, Inc. has created a new product category of high-performance mobility devices that provide unlimited individual freedom and movement through technology.
“Our mission is to reinvent the personal mobility experience for consumers. WHILL, Inc. was designed to power personal freedom by utilizing state-of-the-art technology. We hope to fundamentally transform the attitudes and perceptions of mobility devices” said WHILL, Inc. CEO, Satoshi Sugie.
The airport provides an ideal test environment for technology developers in a large consumer-based setting. Airport staff contacted WHILL, Inc. about their personal mobility device and its positive addition to the airport experience. CVG’s interests include enhanced service offerings, ease of travel around the airport, and continued engagement with innovative technology to address social issues such as aging and low-mobility consumers in the airport ecosystem.
“We are excited about the potential that WHILL, Inc. brings to personal mobility in an airport just as consumers have come to expect when shopping in a retail environment,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. “First movers of technology provide the basis for future development. Pilot tests with products like WHILL, Inc. give CVG and our tech-collaborators incredible opportunities to jointly innovate potential game-changes to the overall airport customer experience.”
CVG offers more nonstop flights than any airport in the region, including direct international service to Paris, Toronto, Cancun, Montego Bay and Punta Cana. CVGairport.com is your travel planning resource with flight status, security wait times, parking availability and weather.
CVG is one of three global super-hubs for DHL, and a top 10 cargo airport in North America. CVG has been rated the Best Regional Airport in North America five straight years by SkyTrax. CVG was the first airport in the country to receive Safety Act Designation and Certification from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), giving the airport the highest level of protections under the Act.
About WHILL, Inc.
Based in Silicon Valley, California, and with offices in Japan, we are redefining personal mobility devices. We aim to reimagine sidewalk transportation. Getting from one place to another should be comfortable, practical, smooth and even fun; and the device you use to do so should complement your personal style without overwhelming it. We strive to anticipate people’s mobility needs and aspirations with patented innovation and designs that are minimalistic, highly functional and chic. Technology is most relevant and effective when it harmonizes with the user’s lifestyle.