Country: Franceiwheelshare2
Year: 2014

Concept

  • Launched by French brother and sister team after an accident left one in a wheelchair, I Wheel Share is a mobile application that maps disabled users’ experience in public places
  • Through the application, users are free to grade places (shops, cinemas, restaurants, etc.) on their accessibility, or lack of, on a scale to help other handicapped users. Users can filter to find places that are adapted to wheelchair users, the visually or auditory impaired with easy access ramps, disabled toilets, or Braille menus
  • I Wheel Share’s aim is to increase awareness of disabled users’ needs, encourage them to get out and about and make public spaces more user friendly
  • Besides the application, two other functions exist: an innovation I Wheel Share has created an innovation service (I Wheel Think) which organises corporate brainstorming sessions to foster open and collaborative discussions around accessibility; and an anti-boycott movement (I Wheel Mob) to organise visits to low-rated places in order to boost accessibility awareness
  • To date, the application has over 5000 active users

Consumer Benefits

  • Collaborative: user-rated places help others to get out and about
  • Constructive: I Wheel Share does not encourage users to boycott but to visit negatively-rated places to increase accessibility awareness & collectively reach out to administration to create changes
  • Informative: provides a source of information that can be consulted anywhere without having to be nearby

How To Use

  • Mobile app available on iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and Android devices in French app stores
  • Once downloaded, the user can sign up using their Facebook account or create an account using their email address
  • The user can rate places they visit and leave a picture or a comment

Illustration

Co-founders Aurelie and Lucas Sovignet introduce I Wheel Share (French only)

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