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July 2, 2010

A car for blind drivers?

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The National Federation of the Blind, which is based in Baltimore, and Virginia Tech plan to test next year a car designed for driving by the blind, according to a Huffington Post article

The advocacy group for the blind has, for a few years now, issued a formal challenge (the NFB blind driving challenge) to encourage technological experimentation with blind-driving technologies..

From the HuffPost article:

The technology, called "nonvisual interfaces," uses sensors to let a blind driver maneuver a car based on information transmitted to him about his surroundings: whether another car or object is nearby, in front of him or in a neighboring lane.

What do you think?


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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 2:28 PM | | Comments (3)
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This seems dangerous. I'd hate to see a blind person get hurt.

I think it sounds great if it is actually possible to create a safe way for the blind to take control of their personal travel. It would also be an incredible scientific achievement in my opinion. But, with all of the insane and skilless drivers on the road I think it would be hard for a blind person to drive defensively.

I'd hate to see anyone get hurt.....

Does anyone know if this is for the legally blind with vision of 20/200 or for someone that is totally blind? It would be great if there is a way to keep them and other prople safe.

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Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

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