For over 85 years, Toyota has been an innovator in the automobile industry. Today, they are setting their sights on what they describe as a greater mission: helping to give all of humankind the ability to move. “Mobility for All” is a new website that shows concepts and designs for the future that can help improve mobility and quality of life for people around the world. Here are a few of the concept ideas from Toyota:
Project BLAID – This wearable device is designed to help anyone with visual impairments navigate indoor areas. Cameras and sensors are able to detect surroundings including doorways and even signs for restrooms or exits. Toyota’s plan is that the BLAID device will eventually include mapping, object identification and facial recognition technology.
iBot – Toyota has partnered with DEKA Research and Development, a company founded by famous inventor Dean Kamen, to build a revolutionary wheelchair. The two sets of power wheels will allow users to climb stairs and traverse a wide variety of terrains. This project is a revival for Toyota, who released a stair climbing wheelchair concept over a decade ago.
Toyota Concept-i Ride – The i-Ride is Toyota’s solution for ride sharing in the city of tomorrow that will feature Artificial Intelligence (AI) and can be driven with a joystick. It will also be wheelchair accessible and have a self-driving mode.
Physical Rehabilitation Aid Robot – A revolutionary robot that is designed to assist those needing help to regain the ability to walk. Toyota is currently working with medical facilities in Japan to test their Physical Rehabilitation Aid Robot.
Toyota Concept iWALK – The iWALK is very similar to a self-driving, redesigned Segway. Prototype models are able to travel upwards of 12 miles and weigh less than 45 pounds.
To view the complete line of Toyota’s “Mobility for All” projects visit www.mobilityforall.com