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Driving Blind

Posted in Car Tech, Concept Cars, Custom, Electronics by Dustin Driver | July 7th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Why shouldn’t the blind know the pleasure of hooning a dune buggy around a parking lot at unsafe speeds? That’s the question the US National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) asked three years ago. Since then, a team has been working to build a non-visual interface for cars. So the blind can drive them. Their current system is hooked up to a dune buggy. It uses proximity sensors and audio cues (clicks) similar to the parking assist systems used on luxo-barges. Only the system is much, much more sensitive. As the car approaches obstacles or other cars, it clicks to alert the driver. The steering wheel clicks, too, to let the driver know when to stop turning. The driver also wears a vest rigged with vibrating motors. If he/she exceeds the speed limit, one side of the vest will buzz. If he/she needs to suddenly stop or perform a wicked e-brake turn, both sides of the vest vibrate. Next January an upgraded version of the system will be fitted to a Ford Escape. The SUV will be driven blind in the hours before the Rolex 24 auto race at Daytona International Speedway.

Source: Gizmag

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  1. barkingllama says:

    Why can’t the blind drive? Oh, I don’t know… because they’re BLIND? Fucking-a if this is made legal I will kill the US National Federation of the Blind one by one.