In March of this year, Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) accepted applications for new ideas for fiscal 2023 and selected 12 teams to work on activities in the "Mobility for ALL―Bringing the Potential of Mobility to Everyone" category of its Make a Move Project, an idea contest aiming to realize the practical implementation of ideas and solutions in society.
- Contest website: https://mobility-contest.jp/department1-2023/
In the "Mobility for ALL―Bringing the Potential of Mobility to Everyone" category of this contest, which started in 2022, ideas were publicly solicited for solving mobility issues at race circuits and traveling to and from them, as well as for enabling everyone, regardless of disability, to enjoy motorsports. The 12 teams were selected from among the applications received based on the perspectives of relevant parties, the innovativeness of the proposals, and the opinions of outside experts. The 12 teams passing this initial screening process are awarded grants (up to 20 million yen per project) to facilitate activities geared toward realizing the practical implementation of their ideas in society.
The 12 teams selected for this year and the eight finalists from fiscal 2022 will conduct verification tests at Japanese Endurance Race Super Taikyu to be held at Mobility Resort Motegi on September 2-3, 2023.
To have more people participate and work together on the project, this year's verification testing will be conducted not only by the teams but also by people with disabilities and outside experts, as we aim to further expand the community in which the teams compete with and help each other.
|Selected Teams||Initiative Details|
|QD Laser, Inc.||Using laser retinal imaging, create an experience that allows people with low vision to enjoy car races through camera photography|
|Japan Data Science Consortium Co. Ltd.||Create an immersive spectator experience for people with visual impairments through feedback from related social media content|
|Sode-en Co., Ltd.||Demonstrate the creation of a safe and enjoyable environment through an app that smartly connects people in need and supporters|
|DOT INC. (South Korea)||Create a new spectator experience for the visually impaired using Dot Pad, a display that converts information into tactile graphics|
|Toyota Motor Corporation||Provide a realistic driving experience for people with disabilities through technology that allows actual cars to be driven via remote control|
|NuEyes Technologies (US)||Realize an inclusive spectator experience that all can enjoy by adding information, AR, and navigation functions to smart glasses for people with low vision|
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|Using smart glasses, support the autonomous movement of people with low vision in the unfamiliar environment of a race circuit|
|Humonii||Demonstrate the operation of a semi-automatic wheelchair for people with lower limb disabilities that provides a new sensation as they skillfully maneuver it as if it were a part of their body|
|HERALBONY Co., Ltd.||Create opportunities for children with autism spectrum disorders and hyperesthesia to participate in events by providing them with a space where they can take a break|
|mairu tech Inc.||Demonstrate a new system that matches users and welfare taxis by visualizing welfare taxi schedules|
|Motion Lib, Inc.||Using "Real Haptics®" sensory transmission technology, create new experiences that have a realistic "feel," such as remotely shaking hands with people|
|Lighthouse Tech LLC (Switzerland)||Provide mobility assistance with eyewear frames for the visually impaired that combine fashion with obstacle-detection functionality|
- 2022 Contest Overview (https://mobility-contest.jp/department1/)
Since its founding, the Toyota Motor Corporation has conducted its business activities with the aim of creating a prosperous society through automobiles while respecting all stakeholders, including customers, business partners, employees, and the local communities in which it operates. Accordingly, TMF was established in August 2014 to conduct activities that benefit the public good.
Aiming to realize a mobility society in which everyone can move about freely, TMF is working to solve mobility issues around the world through a diverse range of projects. Going forward, the Toyota Group, working in cooperation with various partners and utilizing the technologies and knowhow it has cultivated through its business activities, will continue to promote undertakings that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while contributing to the realization of a society where people can lead rich and fulfilling lives.
Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true achievement comes from supporting our customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our Guiding Principles in pursuit of a safer, greener and more inclusive society. Today, as we transform into a mobility company developing connected, automated, shared and electrified technologies, we also remain true to our Guiding Principles and many of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals to help realize an ever-better world, where everyone is free to move.
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