Ford created a cargo mat that doubles as a wheelchair ramp

Along with GTB, brand created a new accessibility tool

Published On
Oct 25, 2018

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While cargo mats are typically used to keep the back of your car clean, Ford has turned them into a tool to make life a whole lot easier for drivers with mobility disabilities.

Ford, along with its former global creative agency GTB, found that of the 46 million people in Brazil with disabilities, 7% have limited mobility. Their difficulties are exacerbated by the fact that many of country’s sidewalks and streets lack access ramps.

So with GTB and Code Studio, the brand created an “Accessibility Mat.” They redesigned  the trunk liner of the Ecosport compact SUV into a portable ramp that those in wheelchairs can use when the need arises. It’s made of lightweight material and when not in use, it fits easily onto the back of the wheelchair.

The mat, currently in prototype stage, also lays the groundwork for a long-term solution. It’s outfitted with bluetooth technology that connects with an app on the user’s phone. That data then goes to local officials to inform them where there’s a pressing need for accessibility options as well as to other mat users, in order to give them a heads up on where mobility obstacles will arise. 

The Accessibility Mat is just the latest in consumer safety devices GTB Brazil has created for the brand. Previously, the agency developed a trucker hat that keeps truck drivers from falling asleep at the wheel.

Credits

Date
Oct 25, 2018
Agency:
GTB
Executive Creative Director:
Vico Benevides
Associate Creative Director:
Rodrigo Strozenberg
Senior Art Director:
Vinny Couto
Senior Copywriter:
Lucas Arantes
Head of Digital:
Icaro de Abreu
Product Designer:
Code Studio
Production Company:
Paranoid
Director:
Sala 12
RTVC:
Luana Aghata
Sound Production Company:
Supersonica

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