COVID-19 has plagued nations across the globe, and one community fighting the virus in the Philippines is benefiting from technology that a local woman helped develop.
1984 University of Waterloo electrical engineering graduate, Marni McVicar was one of the many minds that helped develop a three wheeled electric vehicle that is now being used to transport front-line medical workers and their supplies in Tuguegarao City.
McVicar spent two weeks helping with the e-trike project at the country's Cagayan State University last November.
She was there with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), a not-for-profit international economic development organization.
The project was initially designed to find a cleaner and more energy-efficient vehicle to move passengers and cargo around in the community.
McVicar specifically helped making adjustments to the design of the e-trike, which has two wheels in the back and one at the front.
Working at Kitchener-based Clearpath Robotics today, McVicar says in a release, she is glad to have been a part of something that is being used in a positive way.
When COVID-19 arrived in the Philippines, the mayor of Tuguegarao City requested e-trikes be used to help transport medical professionals and supplies.