Fiat to Showcase Mobility Technology Viaggio at Beijing Expo
Fiat will showcase its mobility technology in China for the first time at the 2012 Care and Rehabilitation Exposition being held in Beijing, China. The exposition was first held in 2007 and has rapidly developed into an industry-leading event; the event is focused on discovering and finding new solutions to assist disabled Chinese in their daily life. The 2012 Expo has attracted and confirmed over 240 exhibitors from 16 different countries, and has set aside over 11,000 square meters of space for attendees. The exposition is sponsored by China Disabled Persons' Federation and National Ageing Committee and also has the strong support of the Chinese Ministry of Health and ten other key central Chinese ministries.
Fiat has partnered with Italian Group Innovative Solutions (IGIS) to display a range of mobility technology on the shared stand. Fiat will show a specially adapted Fiat Viaggio that allows drivers with reduced motor skills to drive. The IGIS stand will also feature a driving simulator, the MG2F, which was developed by Fiat's Autonomy Program in partnership with an Italian company, aims to evaluate the residual force and the response to both light and sound required by impaired users, the results of which allow Fiat to tailor a model specifically for a driver's needs and requirements.
The Fiat Viaggio is the first car to be produced in China under the GAC-Fiat Joint Venture. The 50:50 partnership developed and built a new Manufacturing Plant in Changsha where the Viaggio is built with a production capacity of 140,000 vehicles per year for the first phase. The Viaggio was launched on the Chinese market on September 13rd 2012 and has already received feedback from the Chinese market due to the high levels of technology, the distinctive design and the interior space. The Viaggio on show was modified in China using Fiat's own self-developed autonomy technology and is equipped with an electronic accelerator located behind the steering wheel; a braking system and a multifunctional control are also attached to the steering wheel to make driving easier for users with impaired lower limbs.
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