[AI] Now, a car for the blind

padmanabham padmanabam.muppa at gmail.com
Sun Jul 4 08:05:34 EDT 2010


apsolutly correct sir.
                Padmanabham Muppa.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Subramani L" <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2010 5:22 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Now, a car for the blind


> Hai:
>
> Accidents happen not because people can't see, but because people fail
> to see.
>
> Subramani
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of aisha
> sahani
> Sent: Saturday, July 03, 2010 10:50 AM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] Now, a car for the blind
>
> 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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