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Research to help designers create safer products in a world threatened by COVID-19 is being pioneered by the developers of a revolutionary electric vehicle. The six-month investigation will come up with a set of anti-virus design principles. It’s part of the drive by Centaur Robotics to create a personal electric vehicle perfectly suited to the…

Mark Grix

Thermoplastic innovator commissioned for Covid research


Technological breakthroughs don’t always come from an inspired eccentric working alone in a garden shed. While a moment of inspiration may have triggered the idea of the Centaur – a highly functional wheelchair which would be the envy of all who saw it – long hours of research and development by acclaimed engineers and designers…

Alexandra Kutas

The Centaur and the fashion model


Fashion model Alexandra Kutas and Centaur Robotics are united in a shared desire to change attitudes towards disability. Alexandra fulfilled her dream of being a runway model, despite a spinal injury at birth which left her paralysed from the waist down. And she defied doctors who said she would never have children. Her first child…

Innovate UK

Sustainability fund backs Centaur


Centaur Robotics, the developers of an electric wheelchair designed to enable social distancing and built with Covid-19 resistant materials, has been awarded a UK government grant of £175,000. The two-wheeled, self-balancing Centaur is a personal electric vehicle which helps protect users and staff in the care industry from diseases like coronavirus. Its collision avoidance software…

UK start-up joins Spotify, Google, Disney+ in award accolade


A British built self-balancing wheelchair which helps protect users and staff in the care industry from diseases like coronavirus has won a prestigious design award. The Centaur was singled out by US technology and design magazine Fast Company in its annual Innovation By Design awards. The revolutionary two-wheeled personal electric vehicle restores users’ dignity and…

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More dignity, more freedom


The Design Age Institute was set up this year to help British industry service the needs of an ageing world population. Its director Colum Lowe says Centaur Robotics has risen to the design challenge. The UK is a world centre for design excellence, yet products for the ageing population often fail because they overlook the…

Top design agency spearheads care home research


Award-winning design agency ustwo is spearheading research to help Centaur Robotics better understand the market for personal electric vehicles in care homes. Through interviews with care home professionals, residents and the residents’ adult children, ustwo will focus on the future role in this sector of the Centaur, the revolutionary vehicle designed and built by Centaur…

PEV market to exceed US$12bn


Latest research shows that the market for personal electric vehicles is expected to exceed US$12 billion by 2027, far greater than previous estimates. And self-balancing machines like the Centaur, which goes into production later this year, will command about 12 per cent of this huge sector, with projected sales by the same time of more…

CENTAUR ROBOTICS LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN


British startup Centaur Robotics is looking to raise a minimum of £600,000 on Crowdcube to begin full production of the Centaur, its revolutionary personal electric vehicle. The company began life in 2014 when company founder David Rajan failed to find a wheelchair that suited the needs of his son Alfie, who has cerebral palsy. The…

Startup offers 23% stake in revolutionary UK vehicle


Centaur Robotics is looking for new investors to take its revolutionary personal electric vehicle into production. The Centaur signals a more active and accessible future for the elderly and the disabled and will change attitudes towards people with impaired mobility. By 2024, the global market for powered electric vehicles will be worth £7.5 billion, the…