[nabs-l] Cars for the Blind

Ignasi Cambra ignasicambra at gmail.com
Thu Aug 5 17:12:36 UTC 2010


I also think it's a good idea, just because whether we end up making a car that we can drive or not, we will certainly learn something out of it. It is true that these days blind people are doing things which seemed impossible only 50 years ago. I wonder how many people in the 60s thought that it was possible to create a computer, and how many of those people thought it was possible to have a blind person use that computer independently like we do now. By then, it must have felt pretty much as impossible as driving a car feels now. I don't know if they'll get anything useful out of it, but technologies invented in order to make that car will certainly be useful in the future, both for blind and sighted people.
On Aug 4, 2010, at 4:14 PM, Kirt Manwaring wrote:

> I think the race for independence is a great idea.  Will it end up
> producing a car we can actually drive- who can say?  But I see nothing
> wrong with trying.  I confess to being, even after convention, a bit
> skeptical of a car that I could drive.  It sounds great on paper- but
> that's a whole heck of a lot of technology to depend on.  (you're
> talking cameras, laser sensors, and the interface to efficiently show
> a blind driver everything a sighted person's brain unconsciously
> processes in a matter of miliseconds)  I'm no expert, and I certainly
> hope future developments prove me wrong, but I just don't see how it's
> going to work.  Does anyone have any information, other than what we
> heard at onvention, about the specific technologies that could be
> involved?  I'd be very interested.  Thanks and I appologize for the
> rambling post.
> 
> On 8/3/10, Joe Orozco <jsorozco at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> 
>> Something Antonio mentioned in his last post got me thinking about
>> something.  Antonio said:
>> 
>> "Let's support work to develop useful, cheaper, and better technologies and
>> fully investigate something before becoming spoke persons for unviable
>> solutions.
>> 
>> I guess this is my sentiment as it relates to this whole project devoted to
>> cars for the blind.  If the topic's already been discussed, I totally missed
>> it, but what do people generally think about it?
>> 
>> Joe
>> 
>> "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves,
>> some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."--Sam Ewing
>> 
>> 
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