[AI] Now, a car for the blind

Gopalakrishnan gopalakrishnan_vip at yahoo.co.in
Sat Jul 3 20:52:28 EDT 2010


Yes, really it would be an interesting development.  It would be also an 
achievement to get permission from the government authorities.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mahesh Panicker" <maheshspanicker at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
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it may take some more time, but a very interesting development indeed.
but as has been said, it would be the Indian authorities, and their
possible reactions, and their paternalism that comes to mind along
with  this news.

On 7/3/10, aisha sahani <mailtoaishasahani at gmail.com> wrote:
> interesting development, but i am   afraid this is just going to be a
> showpiece.
> with increasing accidents  even with sighted people, i don't know how
> this car will perform on the road when a blind person would be driving
> the same.
>
> objects and bumps on the road are the hurdles and i don't know how
> will they be overcome.
> anyway, interesting knowing about it.
>
>
> aisha sahani.
>
>
> On 7/3/10, George Abraham <george at eyeway.org> wrote:
> > Wonder how this car would perform on Indian roads. Further, the question
> > would be, will the blind driver in India get a drivers license -----
> > Original Message -----
> > From: "Gopalakrishnan" <gopalakrishnan_vip at yahoo.co.in>
> > To: "Access India" <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> > Sent: Saturday, July 03, 2010 8:04 AM
> > Subject: [AI] Now, a car for the blind
> >
> >
> > S & T
> >
> >
> >
> > Technology
> >
> >
> >
> > Now, a car for the blind
> >
> >
> >
> > London, July 2, 2010
> >
> >
> >
> > PTI
> >
> >
> >
> > Scientists are inching closer to develop a special car, which can be 
> > driven
> > by blind motorists.
> >
> >
> >
> > The unique car, expected to be built as early as next year, will be 
> > equipped
> > with a new technology that would help a sightless person to get behind 
> > the
> > wheel.
> >
> >
> >
> > The technology, called non-visual interfaces, will guide its driver 
> > through
> > traffic by transmitting information about nearby vehicles or objects.
> >
> >
> >
> > Vibrating gloves or streams of compressed air directed behind the wheel 
> > are
> > among the options for communicating the information needed to avoid
> > collisions and reach a destination.
> >
> >
> >
> > The National Federation of the Blind of the U.S. and Virginia Tech, 
> > which
> > are jointly developing the car, said they hope to demonstrate a 
> > prototype of
> > the car in 2011, the Telegraph reported.
> >
> >
> >
> > “We’re exploring areas that have previously been regarded as 
> > unexplorable,”
> > said Dr. Mark Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind.
> >
> >
> >
> > “We’re moving away from the theory that blindness ends the capacity of 
> > human
> > beings to make contributions to society.”
> >
> >
> >
> > Mr. Maurer first came up with the idea that the blind could drive about 
> > a
> > decade ago when he launched the organisation’s research institute.
> >
> >
> >
> > “Some people thought I was crazy, and they thought, ‘Why do you want us 
> > to
> > raise money for something that can’t be done?’ Others thought it was a 
> > great
> > idea,” Dr. Maurer said.
> >
> >
> >
> > “Some people were incredulous. Others thought the idea was incredible.”
> >
> >
> >
> > The vehicle is based in Virginia Tech’s 2007 entry into the DARPA Grand
> > Challenge, a competition for driverless vehicles financed by the Defence
> > Department’s research arm.
> >
> >
> >
> > The blind organisation was impressed by the invention, saying it is part 
> > of
> > a broader mission, which will change the way people perceive the blind.
> >
> >
> >
> > Mark Riccobono, executive director of The NFB’s Jernigan Institute, 
> > said:
> > “This will change when people see that we can do something that they 
> > thought
> > was impossible.”
> >
> >
> >
> > Source:
> >
> > http://www.thehindu.com
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