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Group developing car for blind drivers

For advocates of the blind, it's akin to reaching the unreachable goal of landing a man on the moon: developing a vehicle that a blind person could drive.

The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.

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.

The results of the research will be demonstrated next January on a modified Ford Escape sport utility vehicle at the Daytona International Speedway.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  | July 2, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Highways, Transportation Politics  
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To hell with Daytona. I want to see a demonstration of this thing at Washington Circle during rush hour.

Posted by: 1995hoo | July 2, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Forget enabling a blind driver to drive - we've already got sighted people that drive like they're blind. Work on getting a car to drive itself and remove the nut behind the wheel.

Posted by: jcflack1 | July 2, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Good grief. Work on public transportation improvements.

We do not need more f'ing cars on the roads, we don't need more roads, we need more and better public transportation.

Posted by: Greent | July 2, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This I gotta see (no pun intended).

Posted by: krickey7 | July 2, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

what a bunch of angry posters! lol- Happy Holiday, it's beautiful @the beach!

Posted by: Hattrik | July 2, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see a demonstration on one of Los Angeles,California's freeways. But not when I'm driving in bumper to bumper traffic. good Luck with that.

Posted by: cookiepalmer | July 2, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"Hattrik," my comment wasn't angry. It was practical! Washington Circle at rush hour would be a far more meritorious test than Daytona given the generalized anarchy there, plus the screwed-up traffic lights facing 23d Street and New Hampshire Avenue (I believe 23d Street traffic never has a green light and has at most a flashing yellow).

Posted by: 1995hoo | July 5, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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