24 July 2009 1:16 PM
The same technology that lets cars drive themselves allows the blind to drive, too.
Virginia Tech undergrads packed an all-terrain buggy with technology lifted from the university's DARPA Urban Challenge entry to create a car the blind can drive. The semi-autonomous vehicle uses a laser range finder, voice software and other sensory technology, and it worked flawlessly when blind drivers took the wheel on a closed course. Advocates for the blind joined the lead researcher in calling the vehicle a breakthrough in independent living for the visually impaired.
I am skeptical!