Toyota Future of Mobility Challenge Winners
A few days ago we showed you what the future of mobility looks like in the minds of young Canadians, but now it’s time to take a glance at the more realistic future of mobility as seen by slightly older young people, in particular at the Toyota Future of Mobility Challenge winners. Toyota recently created the Next Generation Mobility Challenge, a competition that inspires millennial minds to come up with the answers for today’s mobility problems. The competition saw three victors from colleges in the United States, and we thought we’d take a look at each of the possibly world-changing technologies.
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“At Toyota, we’re committed to addressing mobility issues around the world so that more people can go more places and live better lives. We are thrilled by the ingenious solutions that the students developed during the Next Generation Mobility Challenge. Our partnership with Net Impact reflects our approach of combining our know-how with the expertise of others, so that working together can lead to something greater than going at it alone.”
– Latondra Newton, Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer, Toyota Motors North America, Inc.
P.E.T.E (People Empowering Transportation Experience)
After seeing the miniature communities that spring up around food trucks all over the world, Carolyn Taclas, Keala Verigan, Sydney Quinton-Cox and James Greisen of the University of Oregon decided they could utilize the food-truck craze in a different way: the betterment of society, by parking Mobile Community Centers that offer a host of different services in public places. Check out the video below for a more detailed look at P.E.T.E.
Apparently giving ideas human names is in these days, as the second winner was Alfred, created by Maria McKiever, Szymon Gluc and Shangyanyan Li from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. Their idea was to outsource trunks, creating mobile mailboxes that would give society another method of delivery while decongesting roads across the nation – be it the US or Canada or anywhere else for that matter. Check out the video below for a more detailed look at Alfred.
Perhaps the most ambitious, and with 63.6% of the votes officially the overall winner of the Toyota Future of Mobility Challenge AKA Next Generation Mobility Challenge, is StreetSmart, a mobile application created by Ester Kim, John Mathai, Ayush Singhal and Niklaus Sugiri from Babson College, RISD and Olin College. StreetSmart is an app that utilizes preexisting technology to create a navigation system for the blind and visually impaired. Check out the video below for a more detailed look at StreetSmart.