Uber-like Service For People With Wheelchairs Available In France

When a disabled woman from Paris, France traveled all the way to Florida only to find out that it’s rare to find a wheelchair-accessible ride around the town, she took the guts to initiate change for her fellow people with disabilities.

Parisian Charlotte de Vilmorin co-founded a French car-sharing service company dubbed “Wheeliz” that aims to easily connect people with disabilities to owners of adapted cars.

“It’s very difficult to get around when you are in a wheelchair, because public transportation is not accessible,” de Vilmorin told Mashable while citing that special people like them can’t just grab a cab or rent a regular car.

She lamented about her discovery in Florida on how expensive renting a wheelchair-accessible car is which costs approximately $1,000 for ten days.

Charlotte de Vilmorin with a Wheeliz adapted car. (source:vivrefm.com)

Charlotte de Vilmorin with a Wheeliz adapted car. (source:vivrefm.com)

The Wheeliz car sharing service is similar to “Uber” as it offers private car owners to earn extra money by renting out their vehicles to people in need of assistance for transportation.

Owners can sign up their vehicles at a daily recommended fee of €50 to €60 ($55 to $65 USD). The company provides insurance but at the same time deducts 30% commission fee.

This is way cheaper than Hertz, the traditional car rental service, wherein adapted cars charge from €80 to €180 ($90 to $200) per day; but the price also depends on total number of rental days and car type.

Wheeliz is undeniably cost-friendly and service-oriented as it focuses on the needs of people with disabilities rather than making money out of them.

Screenshot from wheeliz.com showing the recommended daily fee.

Screenshot from wheeliz.com showing the adapted car recommended daily fee.

“I believe the world of startups and innovation is still disconnected from the needs of disabled people,” de Vilmorin told Mashable further.

She added pointed out it is essential to create and build a sustainable sharing community dedicated to the mobility problem.

To-date, Wheeliz is present across many French cities including Paris, Nantes and Bordeaux. It is also planning to extend internationally.

Meanwhile, in terms of security issues, Wheeliz users have nothing to worry about as its drivers undergo a test and have passed and received a certification for it.

People with disabilities in France can now start their road trip and enjoy the ride while sitting comfortably on their wheelchair.

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