Net Impact, with Toyota and the Toyota Mobility Foundation, has led student teams nationally since 2015 to design products and services related to mobility that will promote greater travel equity for people with disabilities. This year, four Georgia Tech students won the Toyota Next Generation Mobility Challenge with their project, Para Pickup. Para Pickup is a taxi service similar to Uber or Lyft that gives wheelchair users more cost-effective options to travel safely and comfortably. “The Toyota Mobility Design Challenge focused on bringing people the mobility they deserve,” said Xia. “As for our project, we focused on designing for people who travel with a wheelchair as we realize the current solutions are insufficient.”
Sally Xia, digital media; Riley Keen and Pranav Nair (not pictured), industrial design graduate students; and Kris Weng, undergraduate mechanical engineering will spend the summer in Plano, TX working with the Toyota Social Innovation team to finalize their proposal for the Toyota Mobility Foundation.