Technology will now be a bliss for the sightless people, as they soon will be able to drive cars, especially made for them.
The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech stated that they are hoping to come up with a technology by 2011 that will be used in the cars, so that even the blind people can drive. This advanced technology is called non-visual interfaces, which will guide the sightless persons through traffic by providing information about nearby vehicles or objects.
On January 29, 2011, a blind person will drive a modified Ford Escape at the Daytona International Speedway before the Rolex 24 race. The car will include DriveGrip, vibrating gloves that signal when to turn, and AirPix, a tablet that pushes compressed air out of multiple air holes, creating a map of objects around it.
The options for communication include vibrating gloves or streams of compressed air directed towards the driver, preventing him from any kind of mishap.
The question in everybody’s minds is that how the vehicle will work?
The steering wheel will be fastened to a distant monitor that collects information covering wide range. There will be a voice software, which directs the driver every second on how to turn the steering. Taking an example, the monitor will tell the driver “turn left three clicks”. On doing so, the monitor will make noise for three clicks.
The vibrating vest, which will vibrate in various spots–the back, abdominal area and the shoulders transmits a variety of instructions.
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