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SEP 2018

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Mobility 14 www.h M e N ew S .c OM / S e P te M ber 2018 / h M e N ew S Need a lift? p hoenix-based Vantage Mobility International served the military community for two weeks in June for the Department of Defense's Warrior g ames at the U. s . a ir Force a cademy in Colorado s prings, Colo. For the second year in a row, VMI, a manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles, was a sponsor of the g ames, providing accessible transportation for athletes and coaches. This year, 14 VMI drivers used seven minivans to transport dozens of active-duty service members and veteran athletes for a total of 8,273 miles. TOYOTA C o n T I n U e D F r o M pa g e 1 3 and have seen a huge range of different technologies—not just wheelchairs but also exo- skeletons and hoverboards. HME: Is Toyota looking to enter the mobility market at some point, with plans to use the technology developed through the challenge and the research to help steer it in the right direc- tion? Burandt: a s mentioned, this challenge is supported by the Toyota Mobility Foundation, not Toyota as a company. The challenge is designed to sup- port inventors and engineers of all types develop life-changing technology. HME: How is it that mobility technology is so outdated in today's world? Burandt: One of the primary reasons that assistive technolo- gies have not seen much inno- vation is due to market fail- ure. There is not enough of a financial incentive for people to focus their attention on this issue. This is why we launched the challenge—to overcome this market failure and bring in new innovators with fresh and origi- nal ideas. We are excited about the possibilities created by this challenge and look forward to a more inclusive future where mobility is open to all. HME f ODAC C o n T I n U e D F r o M pa g e 1 3 equipment," said Chris Brand, president and CEO. "The hurricane stopped everything, including deliv- ery via normal channels." FOD a C has already sent h ME valued at $177,000 to not only Puerto Rico, but also Saint Croix, thanks in part to donations from manufacturers like Drive Medical and MK Battery. Brand has already made two trips to Puerto Rico and Saint Croix, shortly after the hurricane hit in December 2017 and again this past a pril. "When a disaster happens in the landlocked U.S., donations and goodwill pour in, but when you have to rely on airplanes, it's more difficult," he said. "When we were in Saint Croix, FEM a needed us to go to homes to bring equipment. They gave us a van and a driver. We'd head out every morning with a list of names and addresses." In Puerto Rico, where there are more partner resources, FOD a C's focus has shifted to helping to cre- ate a reuse network that can be used and promoted in the event of emer- gencies like a hurricane, Brand said. "Some of these partners have never seen or talked to each other," he said. "So we're getting them all together and connecting them." HME ME dtrad E B oot H 1644

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