The Toyota Mobility Foundation and the NGO APF France Handicap are joining forces with The Nantes Atlantique School of Design to come up with solutions for designing the most inclusive vehicle of tomorrow: a car designed for people with disabilities, whether temporary or permanent, or for the elderly.
The Atlantic France region is fertile ground for innovation in the automotive sector and smart mobility. To further strengthen its expertise in these areas, the Nantes Atlantique School of Design is working on vehicles that address accessibility issues.
Creative monitoring in order to dream up the most inclusive vehicle of the future
The Toyota Mobility Foundation, the APF France association and the Nantes School of Design are teaming up to devise a plan for this inclusive vehicle of the future and to do some creative monitoring. The aim of this project is to come up with solutions for designing more inclusive vehicles adapted to people with disabilities (whether temporary or permanent), the elderly and the rest of the population.
As part of this project, students of the City Design master’s course at the School of Design of Nantes Atlantique have come up with 4 innovative concepts to make vehicles more modular and inclusive. Their plans include adaptations to be made to the vehicle and the driving position so as to facilitate access and driving for all types of drivers.
The region is heavily focusing on the mobility sector
Atlantic France is a magnet for innovative companies in the mobility sector. Big car manufacturers such as Renault, specific vehicle manufacturers such as Rapido, Gruau and Claas and various suppliers for electronics, batteries and lighting are based in the region.
Atlantic France is also attracting innovative players in the field of smart mobility and is taking part in the cluster ID4Mobility, which gathers around 400 companies and 65 R&D laboratories.
Another important point to note is that every year the region hosts the Le Mans 24-hour race, a major international event that brings together all the major players in the automotive industry and is an accelerator for driving innovation towards sustainable mobility.