Sunday, July 11, 2010

sophisticated cars for the blind

Technological developments have made the blind hope of driving your own car. Researchers from the National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech, the United States plans to demonstrate prototype vehicles equipped with technology to help the blind to be able to drive myself.
Technology called "nonvisual interfaces" using a sensor that could help blind people do when driving maneuvers. The sensor will send information about the environment around: is there a car or an object nearby, in front or on the other line.
For many blind people, driving is considered impossible. But researchers hope that this project could revolutionize mobility and challenging assumptions that have long been restricted.
"We're looking at areas that were previously considered impossible to be explored," said Dr. Marc Maurer, president of The National Federation of the Blind, as quoted from the Associated Press (AP).
"We moved away and want to abandon the theory that blindness is the end of everything and to contribute to society," he added.
Organisani is based in Baltimore announce plans to conduct a demonstration vehicle for the blind on Friday, July 2, 2010 and, on the coast of Daytona, Florida, United States.
A blind person, which until now has not been selected, will use the vehicle along the tracks near the Daytona race track. He will try to simulate a typical driving experience.
Maurer first time talking about cars for the blind for about ten years ago when he launched a research institute organisani organization. "Some people think I'm crazy but some people believe that it is a wonderful idea," said Maurer.


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