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Israeli students’ electric car for elderly to compete in Dubai-based show

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An electric car for the elderly developed by students in the mechanical engineering department of Israel’s Ariel University was selected to participate in this year’s Global Grad Show, a now-virtual gathering of graduate and university social impact projects held in Dubai.

The selection was another sign of the changes wrought by Israel-United Arab Emirates normalization. This was the first year the exhibition has received applications from an Israeli school, and Ariel University was the only Israeli institution to win a place this year, an organizer of the Global Grad Show said.

Ariel University, in the city-settlement of Ariel in the central West Bank, became Israel’s eighth accredited university in 2012.

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The student’s two-meter-long (6.5-foot) electric car can seat two people, and is small enough to park perpendicular to the sidewalk. It is driven by a joystick and contains a central computer system that sends commands to the motorized wheels.

The car’s door opens in the front and the seats can slide forward, allowing both passengers to easily transition from a sitting position in the car to a standing position on the sidewalk, and vice versa. The skeleton of the electric car for elderly people, a project developed by students and faculty of Ariel University; the seats move forward to allow passengers to get out easily........

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