GTB BRASIL, Sao Paulo / FORD / 2019


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In Brazil, there are 46 million people with some type of disability. 7% of them have a motor disability. Despite a wheelchair user being capable of driving an adapted car, when they go to the streets, they must face the overwhelming lack of accessibility, even in the main cities.

For a long time Ford brand strategy have being based on the idea of promoting mobility and helping people moving freely. The Accessibility Mat came to transform these beliefs into a tangible piece. A piece that can help people moving freely, even when they are outside of a Ford car.

They can move more and explore more the city they live. A message that “Go Further” is not only a slogan, but a brand commitment.

Describe the creative idea

It is a car mat redesigned to work as a portable accessibility tool for disabled drivers. A piece of design, made of a very light and resistant material, created from a part that already exists inside the car, the trunk mat. The driver just needs to get the Mat in the trunk, fold it, put in the back of their wheelchair and use it whenever they need to.

The Mat also has sensors and a microprocessor that sends Bluetooth signals to the wheelchair user’s mobile phone and an app with a map point the exactly place it was used. That way we create a precious databank that we can share with local authorities in order to help building accessible cities.

Ford Ecosport was chosen for this project because it is the best-selling Ford vehicle for disabled drivers.

Describe the execution

The idea was to create something from a part that already exists inside the car, giving it a new function. The trunk mat was choose because of its shape and the Ecosport was choose because it is the best-selling Ford vehicle for disabled drivers.

It is a piece of redesign, made of a very light and resistant material, such as like, airplane aluminum sheets, PVC fabric, EVA rubber, slip resistant coating, neodymium magnet, electrostatic welding, pressure sensor and a microprocessor Bluetooth.

Before putting the mat on the obstacle, the person just need to use the Velcro fastener in both sides to create an ergonomic handle that helps its removal.

The Accessibility Mat have passed through different kind of tests to approve its capability. Wheelchair users have participated since the beginning of the project, testing and giving insights. Billy and Michele were the most important partners.

List the results

A film was produced to present the project to the public and it was promoted on Ford’s website, Facebook and Youtube. More than 50 million people were impacted and the campaign had more than 17 million earned media.

It started a precious conversation online, so we could collect a huge amount of data with different opinions, ideas and feedbacks about the prototype.

It also promoted a debate about accessibility and equality of opportunities in the media, even Brazil’s president himself, Michel Temer, paid a visit to Ford’s stand at the 30th Sao Paulo International Auto Show to understand better about the Accessibility Mat.

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