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It began with one user’s voice. “I’ve even given up on going to the grocery store two blocks away.” Our journey started in 2010 with this simple statement from a wheelchair user. He did not want to be seen in public as a wheelchair user. He disliked the negative perceptions associated with wheelchairs; that he must be ill or weak. To solve this, we started to create an original mobility device just for him. After one year of development, we exhibited our work at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. We were overwhelmed by the positive reaction from all over the world. We realized that many people desired this kind of innovation in the mobility industry. We saw how meaningful what we were creating could be for people with mobility issues. This is why we founded WHILL. Our mission is to make technology that is minimalistic, functional and stylish. We intend to fundamentally change the attitudes of personal mobility users, as well as the general perceptions of personal mobility. WHILL’s biggest impact is truly emotional. Since relocating to the US, we have met with over 400 personal mobility device users to gain further insight. Some have even joined our team to further strengthen our ability to fine tune WHILL Model A. Brilliant reactions from many people during test drive events have reaffirmed to us time and time again that our next generation of personal mobility would allow anyone, whether abled or disabled, to ride personal mobility devices in an easy, stylish, and fun manner. Nobody should be confined because they don’t feel comfortable with how they move from point A to point B. We want every individual to be confident, comfortable, and independent.
HQSan Carlos, CA, US

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Employees (est.) (Apr 2021)76(+2%)
Cybersecurity ratingAMore

Key People/Management at WHILL

Satoshi Sugie

Satoshi Sugie

Board Director, Co-founder / CEO
Junpei Naito

Junpei Naito

Board Director, CDO
Muneaki Fukuoka

Muneaki Fukuoka

Board Director, CTO
Kenji Goho

Kenji Goho

Board Director, CFO/COO
Shogo Koda

Shogo Koda

President, Europe B.V.
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WHILL Office Locations

WHILL has an office in San Carlos
San Carlos, CA, US (HQ)
285 Old County Rd #6
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WHILL Financials and Metrics

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WHILL total Funding

$75.4 m

WHILL latest funding size

$45 m

Time since last funding

3 years ago

WHILL investors

WHILL's latest funding round in September 2018 was reported to be $45 m. In total, WHILL has raised $75.4 m
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WHILL Operating Metrics

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WHILL News and Updates

WHILL and Scootaround Team Up to Offer Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Model for Large Venues and Urban Transportation Worldwide

With WHILL’s Intelligent Personal Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Scootaround’s device rental, repair and service platform, together they have the ability to evolve personal mobility and transportation With WHILL’s Intelligent Personal Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Scootaround’s device rental, repair and …

Robotic Wheelchairs Market to Set Phenomenal Growth (CAGR of 23.84%) from 2018 to 2022

HTF Market Report released a new research document of 105 pages on industry titled as 'Global Robotic Wheelchairs Market 2018-2022' with detailed analysis, Competitive landscape, forecast and strategies. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday


Toronto Pearson International Airport Trials WHILL Autonomous Mobility Service

Post-COVID Paradigm Accelerates WHILL’s Autonomous Service Expansion at International Airports in North America    San Francisco, October 19, 2020 – WHILL announced today the trial of its Autonomous Mobility Service at Toronto Pearson International Airport. This will be the fourth trial of WHILL’s a…

Recall Notice: WHILL Personal Electric Vehicles, Model Ci

In September 2019, WHILL recognized a control pad performance issue with a small percentage of Model Ci units, serial numbers C_1711188_US – C_1909011_US and has remedied the issue. There have been no injuries or accidents reported to date. Recall Details Description: This recall involves WHILL Mode…

Keio University Hospital Begins Technical Trial of WHILL Autonomous Driving Technology to Improve Patient Mobility

Starting September 1, 2020, Keio University Hospital will begin a technical trial of the WHILL Autonomous Drive System to improve patient mobility within the hospital. This system will allow patients with limited mobility to move throughout the hospital without the assistance of hospital staff.   Th…

Haneda International Airport to offer WHILL’s fully autonomous mobility service for social distancing practice

SAN FRANCISCO, June 8, 2020 – WHILL is pleased to announce that Haneda International Airport will be utilizing the WHILL Autonomous Drive System to optimize current PRM (Passengers with Reduced Mobility) operation while helping to prevent spread of infection. This is a first-of-its-kind solution bei…

WHILL Expands Airport Trials of Self-Driving Personal Mobility Devices to North America

Furthering the MaaS model worldwide, WHILL Airport Mobility Service brings autonomous trials to airports in Dallas and Winnipeg.   SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 20, 2019 – WHILL – makers of the cutting-edge Model Ci and Model A Intelligent Personal Electric Vehicles (EVs), today announced the trials of its au…

WHILL Autonomous Driving Trial for Personal Mobility Devices to be held at Haneda Airport

Travelers with or without limited mobility can experience smooth and innovative transportation at the Haneda Airport by test driving WHILL’s Intelligent Personal Vehicles San Francisco – October 28, 2019 – WHILL, Japan Airlines (JAL) and Japan Airport Terminal (JAT) today announced the trial of the …
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WHILL Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was WHILL founded?

    WHILL was founded in 2012.

  • Who are WHILL key executives?

    WHILL's key executives are Satoshi Sugie, Junpei Naito and Muneaki Fukuoka.

  • How many employees does WHILL have?

    WHILL has 76 employees.

  • Who are WHILL competitors?

    Competitors of WHILL include Devoted Health, Extendicare and Sienna Senior Living.

  • Where is WHILL headquarters?

    WHILL headquarters is located at 285 Old County Rd #6, San Carlos.

  • Where are WHILL offices?

    WHILL has an office in San Carlos.

  • How many offices does WHILL have?

    WHILL has 1 office.