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The move is part of a larger push to develop personal mobility vehicles connected to the Internet
Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo will start renting out smartphone-controlled, next-generation wheelchairs to users in Japan amid a larger push to get personal vehicles on sidewalks and streets. DoCoMo is an investor in mobility startup Whill, which produces the Model A four-wheeled electric wheelchair.
Developed by Chiba Institute of Technology and auto parts maker Aisin, the ILY-A transforming scooter, shown to press last week in Tokyo, can automatically detect obstacles and stop when needed.