Group to Show Car That Can Be Driven by the BlindBy Thomas, Ken; ABC News.com,
Publication Date: July 2, 2010
Article features technology that enables a blind person to drive a car. The technology, which is being developed by the National Federation of the Blind in collaboration with Virginia Tech, uses sensors to let a blind driver maneuver a car based on information transmitted to him or her about surrounding traffic and obstacles. These nonvisual interfaces are housed in a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle and include DriveGrip, which uses gloves with vibrating motors on areas that cover the knuckles to signal to the driver when and where to turn; and AirPix, a tablet with multiple holes emitting compressed air which creates a tactile map of the objects around the vehicle, such as traffic in a nearby lane or an obstruction in the road. At the time the article was published, plans were underway to demonstrate the vehicle, driven by a blind driver, at the January 2011 Daytona International Speedway Rolex 24 race.
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