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Hyundai Motor kicks off car-hailing service for elderly, disabled in LA
Hyundai Motor and Kia have started a car-hailing service for the elderly and the disabled in Los Angeles dubbed EnableLA that features wheelchair-compatible vehicles for passengers as part of its Universal Mobility project.
The vehicles for the project have been remodeled with increased height and installed safety devices to support the carriage of wheelchairs, based on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A car with a specially trained chauffeur could be hired via a mobile app or call.
The company’s Universal Mobility research project seeks to utilize smart mobility solutions to provide transportation freedom for those who lack it.
For the service, the South Korean carmakers collaborated with ButterFLi, a local on-demand assisted transportation service, and SMS, a fleet management firm.
Hyundai Motor and Kia provide the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride SUVs, while ButterFli’s app deals with service operation, and SMS is in charge of hiring the chauffeurs and fleet management.
Hyundai Motor’s Chief Innovation Officer Chi-Young-Cho said that in coming up with the EnableLA business, they anticipated the transportation situation to worsen globally during the pandemic for people with vulnerabilities.