Not today or even tomorrow but perhaps in the not too distant future. At least that’s what The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech are hoping. They plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology known as “non-visual interfaces” that helps someone who is blind drive a car independently. The prototype is a modified Ford Escape. The demonstration will be held in January, 2011 at the Daytona International Speedway before the Rolex 24 race. Of course there are probably many more skeptics than advocates but as with most things that are designed to help people with disabilities be more independent, if successful, this technology could be used on all vehicles, making them safer for everyone.
Ladies and Gentlemen…..Start your engines!