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Haptic feedback could guide drivers blinded by bright light on the road with tactile cues.

A vibrating steering wheel could help drivers blinded by bright light stay on the road. The sun appearing from behind a cloud or undipped headlights can impair driving and cause drivers to drift out of their lane.

New Scientist reports that Eelke Folmer and Burkay Sucu from the University of Reno in Nevada have designed the steering wheel, which vibrates on either side to direct the driver which way to turn.

The wheel helps them steer using tactile cues, and utilizes the car’s GPS to map out the whereabouts of the vehicle on the road. Sensors are used to detect when the driver is temporarily blinded and drifting out of their lane, which then activates the system.

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