The first road-legal car that can be driven safely by the blind is being developed in America
12 July 2010

The first road-legal car that can be driven safely by the blind is being developed in America.

A group of American scientists has teamed up with the National Federation of the Blind to develop a prototype based on the Ford Escape.

Information about the road surface, obstacles and current speed is transmitted via a vibrating vest and a tactile map interface, using compressed air to alert the driver to potential hazards. An array of sensors and lasers are used to identify the road ahead and relay information accordingly.

The car also speaks to the driver directly, indicating the car’s direction.

The first test drive will take place in Florida in January and the team is keen to put the car into production later in 2011.

Freddie Fulton

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12 July 2010

[quote Autocar]The first road-legal car that can be driven safely by the blind is being developed in America.
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I thought BMW had been making them for years..

12 July 2010

I thought the car for the blind was the Porsche Panamera?

12 July 2010

Probably cheaper just to teach the dog drive. Most already have their own hi-vis vests so already 1/2 way there.

12 July 2010

Only from a country where people think cruise control means they can jump in the back and have a sleep.

12 July 2010

Had to check the calender to make sure it isn't April....

12 July 2010

Has anyone thought to question whether this is really a good idea?

The safety implications seem obvious, but also from an economic point of view - surely the cost of R&D and then production of these things (which the government will presumably subsidise) would pay for an awful lot of taxi fares for blind people.

12 July 2010

[quote Autocar]A group of American scientists has teamed up with the National Federation of the Blind to develop a prototype for the blind.[/quote]I'm waiting for a car for the permanently broke. Fat chance, eh?

12 July 2010

I hear there's already been considerable interest in this car from several FIFA referees....

12 July 2010

[quote Autocar]The first road-legal car that can be driven safely by the blind is being developed in America.[/quote] I recall the old saying : "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should". This seems to be a totally unnecessary and ill-concieved project. I shudder to think what the insurance implications might be after involvemnet in a collision with such a car and blind driver, particularly in litigious USA.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

12 July 2010

so how does this work, how does a blind person pass their driving test and how do you keep the guide dog quiet with all those strange noises

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