Mobility, the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C.s theme for 2020, is a central part of a Swede’s daily life because of how Sweden looks – a very long country with a scattered population. The need for sustainable and inclusive mobility innovations is therefore high, and Sweden is one of the frontrunners when it comes to new mobility solutions. Earlier Swedish innovations include the modern walker by Aina Wifalk and Volvo and Nils Bohlin’s three-point safety belt. Those are innovations that you can see everywhere, but as a part of the Embassy’s theme you will find other smart mobility innovations in an exhibition in House of Sweden called Smart Mobility – Taking Us into the Future. Because of the Covid-19 outbreak you will not be able to enter House of Sweden for some time, and below are therefore some examples of the exhibition presented. The exhibition is in place until February 2021, so you will be able to see it later during the year.
This is the Permobil, a smart, electric wheelchair for people with disabilities. Usually a person who sits in a wheelchair is not able to talk to a standing person without having to look up, but with this new Permobil-model the user will be able to talk eye-to-eye with everyone.
This flamingo from Train Brain lights up when the algorithm behind it forecasts delays in the Swedish public transport system. In the background you can also spot a modern version of the walker – durable but very light.
Hövding is not an ordinary cycling helmet – it’s actually an air bag. It’s worn around the neck and thanks to its in-built sensor system it inflates in the event of an accident. And no – it won’t get punctured.
Cake is a lightweight, electric off-road motorbike. Because of its weight it’s easier for everyone to use, no matter their physical condition. It’s also possible to charge it only using electricity from renewable sources, which makes this type of mobility truly sustainable.
We all hope that you will be able to come to the House of Sweden, as soon as possible, and enjoy the unique exhibition. In the meantime, stay healthy and take care of each other.
Henric, Maria and Nora
Office of Science and Innovation in Washington D.C.