Vibrations Help The Blind Sense Scenery Outside Car Windows
Ford developed experimental technology to improve the mobility experience for the visually impaired
Ford Italy designed a new technology to help blind passengers sense the views outside of car windows. The auto company partnered with Aedo, a startup that develops devices for the visually impaired, to create an instrument called “Feel the View” that portrays the scenery outside using vibrations.
This latest technology allows automotive companies a new way to integrate features specifically for disabled riders.
“We seek to make people’s lives better and this was a fantastic opportunity to help blind passengers experience a great aspect of driving,” Ford Italy spokesperson Marco Alù Saffi said in a company blog post. “The technology is advanced, but the concept is simple—and could turn mundane journeys into truly memorable ones.”
The device works by taking a picture of the view from the window, which then transforms into a grayscale image. Each shade of gray gives off a unique vibration, with up to 225 different intensity levels, allowing the visually impaired rider to sense what is outside by touch. There is also a vocal assistant hooked up to the audio system that provides detailed scenic descriptions.
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