ON THE MOVE 14 Toyota has joined forces with the DEKA Research & Development Corporation to support mobility solutions for the disabled. One of the products under development is the revolutionary iBot motorised wheelchair with two sets of powered wheels that can be rotated to allow the user to ‘walk’ up and down stairs. The wheelchair allows users to rise from a sitting level to approximately two metres in height and travel in this standing configuration, and is capable of travelling over a wide variety of terrains. Under the terms of the agreement, Toyota will license balancing technologies held by DEKA and its affiliate for medical rehabilitative therapy Whether it’s creating artificial skin for pedestrian safety mannequins, helping autonomous vehicles detect and safely react to emergency vehicles, or making MEET OUR CONTRIBUTOR EBRAHIM MOOLLA Ebrahim is a writer, editor, student, ace discount-arranger and general man of too many obscure interests, who takes his orders from Milhaus, an English bulldog. His unadulterated passion for Arsenal FC, depressing Russian literature, trash metal and ulcer-inducing vindaloos often make those around him feel uncomfortable. At night, he dreams of driving from Cape to Cairo in a burnt-orange Toyota Aygo Crazy. With 18-inch rims. He calls Jozi home, but has always wondered what living in Port Nolloth would be like. This month he took to the streets of Joburg’s trendy Maboneng Precinct to discover its hidden secrets (page 16). Walking wheelchair Leading innovation, again fabrics that clean themselves; Toyota leads the way in anticipating and engineering the cars of tomorrow for today. Toyota’s innovative designers and engineers have once again registered more patents than any other automaker – 1 636 patents in the past year alone. The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) also issued more patents to Toyota than to any other automaker. This achievement illustrates the company’s commitment to ever better cars that achieve greater safety, environmental and technological advancements. Toyota is the only automaker listed among the top 20 on the IPO list, which illustrates not only the company’s increasing success as global auto leader, but also its reputation as one of the world’s leading innovators. Other key innovators in the top 20 include Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft. and potentially other purposes. Meanwhile, Toyota in the US has for the 17th consecutive year acted as sponsor to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG), the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world. Toyota provided a fleet of vehicles wrapped and branded with the Toyota and NVWG logos for official use. RIGHT: The iBot wheelchair, co-designed by Toyota, has the ability to ‘walk’ up and down stairs.
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