Redesigning the Personal Mobility Experience
Currently, 1 in 5 persons in the United States are living with a disability, and in the coming decades, populations of persons with ambulatory disabilities are likely to continue to increase. Toyota Motor North America seeks to make a difference in the mobility space by working with users for a people-first approach.
Throughout the year, the Olin SCOPE team worked to improve the mobility experience for people with ambulatory disabilities. By leaning on insights and technical developments from last year’s scope team, this year’s team folded together elements from the fields of user interface design, sensing and control, and mechanical design. More importantly, by working closely with power wheelchair users all design decisions were able to be made with the user in the forefront, and the result is a comprehensive design for expanding the perception capabilities of power wheelchair operators.