Computers already control certain aspects of cars as we send these messages. They monitor and adjust to, hopefully, improve and maintain engine maintenance and fuel economy. When the computers go down, performance decreases. If an accident occurs due to faulty readings that cause mechanical changes, is it considered the fault of the driver? Not in a lot of cases.

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Bryan Peterson" <bpeterson2...@cableone.net>
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I don't think so. There just aren't enough of us out there, otherwise ordinary assistive tech would be more reasonably priced. And as I said earlier if during the trial period, and maybe even afterward, a blind driver were to get into a car accident, regardless of whether or not he or she was at fault or whether or not anyone was hurt, that would provide sighted people with what they would consider leverage for introducing and/or passing legislature banning us from driving. And believe me when I say that with the right people backing it just about any law can be passed. We wouldn't have a chance for the price to drop to anything remotely like what we cold reasonably pay for even with financial assistance. I just don't see this as remotely feasible. Using a computer is one thing. That doesn't place others' lives at risk. Driving is another matter entirely. As far as I'm concerned the closest the blind will ever come to driving will be an autonomous vehicle where you just program the address into a computer and it'll take you there. And by the time we ourselves are at that point the rest of the world may very well have gone well beyond that.
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I'd get it. I will not have to use the Cain, ha ha. But anyways, at first it will be priced high, but it would gradually descend. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bryan Peterson" <bpeterson2...@cableone.net>
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I'm not even convinced it'd be safe to share the road with blind drivers and I've been blind my whole life. Heck, a disturbing number of suppoedly sighted drivers may as well be blind. So I'm not convinced this is feasible from a safety standpoint. And I don't even want to speculate how much one of these cars would cost.
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Here's an article from the Daytona Beach News journal!


Technology helps blind driver lead lap - Racing
a.. Sunday, January 30, 2011

No driver racing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona could have elicited louder
screams from one group of fans than Mark Riccobono.

Unknown to thousands of race fans pouring into the Speedway on Saturday
morning, Riccobono became a hero to 400 members of the National Federation
of the Blind. They were there from all over the country for one reason
only -- to witness Riccobono become the first blind driver to take the wheel

in a solo trip on the track.

Several federation members compared his demonstration to the first United
States space flight in 1961.

"He's our Alan Shepard," said GaryWunder, editor of the Braille Monitor, the

federation magazine. "We've been looking forward to this for a long time."

For the blind, driving a car represents freedom and independence, things
other drivers often take for granted.

The federation challenged the nation's universities to take the challenge of

developing non-visual technology that would allow a blind person to drive
independently. One team accepted, a group of students at Virginia Tech,
working under the direction of Dennis Hong, director of the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory. The equipment was placed in a Ford Escape Hybrid.

Riccobono directs technology, research and education for the Federation's
Jernigan Institute in Baltimore.

To get behind the wheel, he put on gloves that send vibrating signals along
his fingers to tell him when to turn and sat on a cushion that vibrated
along his legs to tell him when to brake or accelerate. He drove the inside horseshoe on the track and in a tactical demonstration, dodged several boxes

thrown in front of his vehicle and passed a van.

The long-term implications of the technology were simply mind-boggling for
many cheering in the bleachers.

"This means a lot more to us than just the driving," Wunder said. "If we can

get all the information that's necessary to drive, what other things will we

be able to do?"

"It's incredible," said Randy Phifer, of Overland Park, Kansas, a federation

member listening to the play-by-play over the infield speakers. "I told my fellow parishioners at home that I'd be back to pick them up," Phifer joked.

For college student Mika Baugh of Indiana, it was "pretty neat."

Owning and driving her own car would mean she "wouldn't have to wait for the

bus in the freezing cold.

"You can't even imagine what blind and sighted people will be able to do
with this technology someday," she said.

Sabrina Deaton, president of the Daytona Beach chapter of the federation,
lost her ability to drive almost 11 years ago, a victim of macular
degeneration.

Driving was "one of the most difficult things to give up," she said. "It was

giving up my independence."

The ability to drive opens up opportunities for education and employment,
she said. "And, just to be able to hop into the car and take a Sunday
drive."

If the research pace continues, Riccobono said the technology could be
available for general use in just five years. Federation officials said they

couldn't estimate how much the technology would cost.

Riccobono said other challenges remain, especially convincing sighted
drivers that it would be safe to share the road with blind drivers.

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