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New laboratory at Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH for vehicles for people with reduced mobility

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Travel assistance for people with reduced mobility is an important issue. The lack of information on mobility aids and the lack of interest given to the development of innovative solutions complicate the daily lives of the people concerned. The new SCI-Mobility laboratory (SCI = spinal cord injury) at Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH focuses on vehicles for people with reduced mobility. It is directed by Sebastian Tobler, professor at the Bern University of Applied Sciences and himself a quadriplegic.

« The objective of the SCI-Mobility laboratory is to understand and innovate in the means of transport of people with reduced mobility », underlined Sebastien Tobler during the inauguration of the laboratory, on April 7, 2022. « The integration of people with reduced mobility within the laboratory must make it possible to find suitable solutions. Victim of an accident in 2013, Sebastian Tobler used his expertise to regain his autonomy and as much freedom of movement as possible. His start-up, GBY SA (Go By Yourself), was born in 2016. There he develops tricycles that allow the arms and legs of people with reduced mobility to move. This project was followed by the creation of a research laboratory at BFH, where he has been teaching since 2008.

Integrated into the Technical and IT department and open to the outside

The laboratory complements the Institute for Energy and Mobility Research, and benefits from the contribution of its Engineering and Vehicle Safety fields and its links with the Dynamic Test Center in Vauffelin. At the crossroads of the fields of medicine and health, the laboratory aims for close collaboration with the Institute of Rehabilitation and Performance Technology as well as with the BFH Health Technologies Center, to which the Physiotherapy area of ​​the Health Department is attached. There are also external partnerships, including that with the NeuroRestore Center, which develops neuromodular therapies for patients with reduced mobility, and with the Swiss Paraplegic Center in Nottwil.

Decisive improvements in rehabilitation, sport and freedom of movement

The laboratory specialists test products already available for users and for industry. The development of new vehicles and the manufacture of prototypes contribute in an innovative way to improving the safety, comfort and autonomy of those affected. Currently, the team is developing projects that bring decisive improvements in the areas of rehabilitation, sport and freedom of movement.


Sebastian Tobler, professor of automobile construction and head of the SCI-Mobility laboratory,, +41 32 321 64 11

Vera Reid, communication, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Technology and IT,, +41 32 344 02 82

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