Tech in the News: These Georgia Tech Students Won Toyota’s Mobility Challenge For Wheelchair-Geared Taxi App

Sally Xia (left), Riley Keen (center), and Kris Weng (right)

Posted June 13, 2017

External Article: Hypepotamus

Sally Xia, graduate student in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, was featured in “These Georgia Tech Students Won Toyota’s Mobility Challenge For Wheelchair-Geared Taxi App” for Hypepotamus

Excerpt:

When you bring together a fresh perspective and new technologies, solutions to old problems emerge. That’s the idea behind the Next Generation Mobility Challenge, which was co-created by Toyota to inspire young people to develop mobility solutions for social equity and inclusion problems. Improved and streamlined transportation, according to Toyota, can solve social impact problems in communities and around the world.

A team of Georgia Tech students developed one such solution — and took home the winning spot in the Challenge — for an app-based taxi service specifically geared towards people in wheelchairs. Called ParaPickup, the app is reminiscent of the popular Uber or Lyft ridesharing services, but would have all the necessary equipment needed to efficiently pick up those in wheelchairs.

For the full article, read here.