Ford employees come up with creative mobility solutions in company's "Last Mile Mobility Challenge"

Posted at 7:58 AM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 10:53:34-04

Ford employees are dreaming up some big ways to get around -- and this time, we’re not talking about cars.

The company issued a challenge asking its employees to come up with last mile solutions, basically ways people can get from their parking spot to a final destination.

Ford said in a recent news release that the submissions came from employees all around the world and topped 600 for its "Last Mile Mobility Challenge."

One of the finalists is the Carr-E device. Somewhere in between a Roomba and a round hoverboard,  Ford says the four-wheeled gadget can take people up to 14 miles at a top speed of 11 miles per hour.

It can also reportedly transport objects up to 260 pounds, following a transmitter the user carries.

Another finalist in the competition is the eChair.

The electric wheelchair would load and unload itself using self driving technology.

Ford says it has reached a record number of employee inventors within the company as it continues to push for innovation. 

Read more about the competition here.