Blind behind the wheel
Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-fetched notion a reality.
The National Federation of the Blind in the US and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a
blind person drive a car independently.
The technology, called "nonvisual interfaces," uses sensors to let a blind driver manoeuvre a car based on information transmitted to him about the surroundings:
whether another car or object is nearby, in front or in an adjacent lane.