Vibrations Help The Blind Sense Scenery Outside Car Windows

Vibrations Help The Blind Sense Scenery Outside Car Windows
Automotive

Ford developed experimental technology to improve the mobility experience for the visually impaired

Carissa Chesanek
  • 3 may 2018

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.

Ford Motor Company

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.

+Automotive
+blind
+Design
+Europe
+ford
+Health
+mobility
+product experience
+technology
+visual impairment

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