SCI-Mobility Laboratory

In relation to disability, we carry out various tests on existing products. Our team is also developing innovative solutions to improve quality of life for people with reduced mobility.

Our lab

The SCI-Mobility lab aims to make it easier for people with reduced mobility to get around day to day. We test market products for users and industry. The development and prototyping of new vehicles at our lab enables us to adopt an innovative approach to improving the safety, comfort and autonomy of the persons concerned. Various partnerships also mean the SCI-Mobility lab is a research facility very much open to the outside world. Projects aiming to revolutionise people’s rehabilitation, participation in sport and mobility using additional means of transport are currently being carried out at our lab. Combining human and machine capabilities is an integral part of our laboratory’s research plans.


Our lab provides the following range of services:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Research
  • Prototyping
  • Static testing of existing solutions
  • Dynamic testing of existing solutions
  • Student projects
  • Work placements for people with disabilities

Areas of expertise

  • Testing and analysis of electric drives for wheelchairs
  • Testing and measuring the rigidity of wheelchair frames
  • Measuring deformation using a strain gauge
  • Fatigue testing on vehicles for people with reduced mobility
  • Testing and measuring the electric drives of trikes, bikes and cargo bikes
  • Feasibility studies on the construction of vehicles for people with reduced mobility
  • Prototyping of such vehicles
  • Project support for the development of vehicles for people with reduced mobility


Our recently built lab has the following technical infrastructure:

  • Rig for testing bending and tensional strain in wheelchairs (under construction)
  • Testing rig for 2, 3 or 4-wheeled electric bikes (under construction)
  • Strain gauge measuring equipment


The SCI-Mobility lab works in partnership with:

  • GBY SA
  • Pro Activ GmbH
  • Dynamic test Center AG
  • Ecole des Métiers Fribourg
  • Invacare
  • Küschall