For ages, blind people have been devoid of the ability to travel in a vehicle by themselves. Going anywhere would mean a guide dog, dependency on a relative or simply not go at all. Well now, things have started to change and there is eventually hope for a blind person. Virginia Tech University in association with the National Federation for the Blind have come up with a revolutionary vehicle meant specially to give blind people the freedom to drive around.
This idea has just taken shape in the form of a debut prototype which would be released in 2011. The full version may take more than a year to be brought out for public use. The vehicle is equipped with non-visual interfaces, which means that specially designed devices will be transmitting information regarding the surrounding to the blind person behind the wheels.
This concept was initially given out by Virginia Tech’s students who participated in the DARPA GRAND CHALLENGE of 2007 where they gave an idea of a driverless vehicle.