BraunAbility and Q’STRAINT Announce Transformative Mobility Company
Complementary companies are coming together to accelerate innovation in wheelchair accessible transportation technology for the disability community.
INDIANAPOLIS, June 3, 2021 / PRNewswire / – For nearly 50 years, BraunAbility has been a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and lifts. For over 35 years, Q’STRAINT has focused on the safety of wheelchair passengers inside the vehicle as a leading provider of wheelchair and occupant securing solutions.
Today, the two companies announce a new venture to accelerate innovation for their customers and keep pace with technologies that are rapidly transforming the automotive landscape. A significant business opportunity will be greater integration of the design process, which will pave the way for systems-based solutions. This vertically integrated approach to design has significant potential for improving safety, quality and reliability for the disabled community.
“Wheelchair passengers face such a segmented experience when traveling,” said Patrick Girardin, co-president of Q’STRAINT. “We see huge opportunities to integrate technologies and create a new story, rewritten for inclusion. Together, we help ensure that new products create a more intuitive and effortless experience for our customers.
Major automotive OEMs and consumer tech players have announced hundreds of billions of dollars in future investments in electric and autonomous vehicles. BraunAbility and Q’STRAINT are teaming up to ensure that these rapidly evolving technologies include solutions for the disability community.
“The switch to these new technologies has the potential to change a remarkable number of lives if they are designed for inclusion,” said Staci Kroon, Global President and CEO of BraunAbility. “To keep pace with this historic change, our industry must combine investments in research and development and other resources, so that wheelchair users are included in the future of mobility.”
The combined effort will prioritize consumer innovation while maintaining the same levels of advanced technology, support and service for their dealers and business partners. One of these breakthroughs is QUANTUM, the only system that offers wheelchair passengers of transit buses complete independence by allowing them to secure themselves without the assistance of the bus operator. This time-saving, contactless technology allows the wheelchair passenger to board quickly and safely while the driver focuses on running on schedule.
“Our two companies have a customer-centric culture and prioritize the value of our long-term business partnerships,” said Kroon. “At BraunAbility, we say ‘Today, tomorrow, together’ because the best way to fulfill our mission to increase mobility in our communities is to partner with our dealers and business customers. This belief is shared by Q ‘ STRAINT and to ourselves. “
Together, BraunAbility and Q’STRAINT do business in over 70 countries, primarily in North America and European.
“In the end, it’s the customers who will win,” said Julie boynton, co-president of Q’STRAINT. “Because our missions aren’t changing, they’re just going to work together to change more lives.”
BraunAbility is a leading manufacturer of transportation solutions for mobility, including wheelchair accessible vehicles, lifts and seats, wheelchair storage and attachment products. Founded almost 50 years ago by Ralph braun, an entrepreneur who has spent most of his life in a wheelchair, the company has become a well-known and trusted name in the mobility industry, bringing independence to millions of people across the world. world. BraunAbility is a wholly owned subsidiary of Patricia Industries, a division of Investor AB. Visit BraunAbility.com for more information. Press inquiries can be submitted to [email protected] For more information about the company, please contact Theo Verginis, General Counsel, at [email protected]
For over 35 years, Q’STRAINT has been an industry leader in wheelchair passenger safety solutions focused on developing the most innovative solutions to advance the safety and efficiency of wheelchair passenger travel. . From our head office located in Oakland Park, Florida the diverse global staff serve clients in more than 70 countries. With sales and a direct presence throughout the North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, we design, develop and test our security solutions for integration with nearly all of the major automotive OEMs in the world. Our mission to “make safety accessible” ensures that wheelchair passengers have access to the same levels of safety as those around them. For more information visit qstraint.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
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