The difference is that on an ordinary car if something malfunctions, unless it's something directly in the engine that literally stops the car from working, a sighted person can easily pull over to the side of the road or whatever to check the problem and, if it's within their capabilities, fix it. But we're talking about the vibrating gloves and seat on this supposed blind car. If those or the supposed laser range technology that's supposed to provide the map of the environment were to malfunction in mid drive then you'd be screwed. You wouldn't know where to go to pull over or whatever so you could safely call a mechanic or whatever. And whether you want to believe it or not, if a blind person ever gets into an accident in one of these cars it's not going to matter to the sighted community at large that the problem could have been anything from a mechanical failure to an encounter with one of the all too many idiot drivers, supposedly sighted ones I might add, that populate the roads these days. Many of them are going to immediately jump to the conclusion that blind people shouldn't be allowed to drive and they're going to do everything in their power to make that happen. And if Greedom Science Fiction can actually manage to win a riddiculous lawsuit like the one they filed against Serotek, then a law banning blind people from driving has a fair chance of passing if the right people are behind it. But since this is an off-topic issue I believe I'll stop here.
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Charles Rivard" <woofer...@sbcglobal.net>
To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 8:53 AM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] driving blind


Using your theory, there would be no cars on the roads. If it doesn't work 100 percent of the time, don't give it to people to drive. Very unrealistic.

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Clement Chou" <chou.clem...@gmail.com>
To: <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 9:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] driving blind


I agree. And whatever mechanical malfunctions may happen, my theory is if you can't get it to work 100%, then don't give it to people. I would personally much rather walk than drive a car that might malfunction and leave me as good as stranded in the middle of a busy road. They can't guarantee 100% perfection 100% of the time, and I think before they can do that, I personally feel it should just become an experiment that went well that needs to be tweeked.

At 11:58 AM 30/01/2011, you wrote:
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That wasn't the point though. If the vibrating motors malfunction in mid drive how are you going to know when to pull over or whatever?
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