To improve mobility around the city centre, Munich's public transport provider (MVG) has announced the development of a new electric tricycle.
The vehicle is being created primarily with the transport of goods and people with reduced mobility in mind. With much of the city centre pedestrianised, navigating it can be difficult for people who have difficulty walking.
The tricycle has undergone an extensive design process, which is being led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM). First of all, potential users were interviewed to gauge interest in the idea. Once this was established, there arose an early design challenge: how the wheels be built to provide extra security for people with reduced mobility?
Masters students at the TUM were involved in addressing this and other design questions. Their masters theses looked into subjects like the tricycle's driving mechanism, frame construction and renting the tricycles via an app.
TU researches are now in the workshop developing the prototypes, with these expected to be finished by the end of the summer. Following this, they will undergo extensive testing. It is has not yet been revealed when they will be ready for the public.
Funding for the project is provided by the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC programme. Munich is one of five project cities receiving funding to develop clean mobility solutions.
To find out more, visit sueddeutsche.de (article in German).