One of the winning teams of the Renault Experience challenge organized by Renault Brazil in 2019, the OrniTwizy startup has grabbed the first prize of the Twizy Contest, the international phase of the program channeled into picking the best smart mobility projects based on the Twizy EV. The grand finale was held in Paris last Friday (4). The five university students from Feevale University (Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul), designed a smart mobility solution targeted at people with disabilities. The champion team has been awarded a trip to visit CES, the consumer electronics and innovation show in Las Vegas (USA), in January 2020.
The OrniTwizy team developed an urban mobility system based on the carsharing model with reservations made through a dedicated app that allows using the Twizy – including for PWD. The prototype was adapted to wheelchair users by fitting a rotating seat slides outside of the car, allowing the driver to get out of the wheelchair and get inside of the Twizy on their own, without assistance. The team also developed an accelerator and manual braking system by means of which any person – with or without special mobility needs – can drive the car.
The OrniTwizy startup was one of the winning teams of the Renault Experience Brazil in 2019, defeating 338 projects from 21 Brazilian states. The program included a number of acceleration phases at both Renault and Hotmilk, the startup accelerator from the Catholic University of the State of Paraná (PUCPR), in addition to professional guidance provided by Renault executives and partner companies. The OrniTwizy team includes university students Felipe Machado (Product Design), Jonata Rocha Fett and Nickolas Augusto Both (Electronic Engineering), Matheus Furlan da Silva (Production Engineering) and Marco Antônio Fröhlich (Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Manufacturing Process).
“For us all, becoming the winners has been a major milestone to close a cycle and keep ourselves motivated to continue designing innovative solutions, in addition to encouraging other students to move forward in that direction” said Felipe Machado, Product Design student and one of the project’s idealizers.
Twizy Contest is part of the Renault Experience program organized by Renault Engineering. Participating teams of this year’s edition came from as many countries as France, Russia, South Korea, Turkey and Romania. The contest is based on the Platform Open Mind (POM), an open code platform that allows using Twizy data to develop smart mobility solutions.
“Renault Experience is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation in academia with a focus on smart mobility solutions. Bravo OrniTwizy team! Congratulations on your performance – you represented Brazil very well”, said Caique Ferreira, communications director at Renault Brazil and vice president at Renault Institute.
About Renault Institute
Since its foundation, in September 14, 2010, more than 700,000 people have been benefited by Renault Institute’s projects channeled into sustainable mobility and inclusion. Created nine years ago, Renault Institute is aimed at promoting social and environmental sustainability activities based on two pillars of activity: Sustainable Mobility and Inclusion.
In the Inclusion pillar, in addition to Renault Experience, Renault backs the Borda Viva Association in order to foster social development, food security for children and women’s empowerment through social entrepreneurship and income generation activities. Approximately 90,000 people have been benefited by activities promoted by the Association in collaboration with the Renault Institute.
As to the Sustainable Mobility pillar, the flagship initiative is “The Road and Me”, a road safety education program that operates with permanent centers in eight Brazilian cities: Curitiba, São José dos Pinhais, Maringá and Arapongas (state of Paraná); Pelotas (state of Rio Grande do Sul), São Bernardo do Campo, Santa Bárbara D’Oeste, and São Paulo city (state of São Paulo). It also implements itinerant programs in parks, malls and events. Approximately 230,000 children have been impacted by the initiative in Brazil. In addition, Renault has already sold nearly 200 all-electric vehicles to businesses developing zero emission mobility projects.