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Blind Driver Challenge – Next-Gen Vehicle to Appear at Daytona July 2, 2010

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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has just announced some ambitious plans inspired by RoMeLa. According the their recent press release, they have partnered with Virginia Tech to demonstrate the first street-legal vehicle that can be driven by the blind.

We saw RoMeLa’s work awhile back and featured the technology used in their first prototype. The NFB was immediately convinced about the viability RoMeLa’s prototype demonstrated and put them to work on a street-legal vehicle with some grant money. The next-generation vehicle will incorporate their non-visual interfaces with a Ford Escape Hybrid, reusing many of the technologies they used in their prototype. The drive-by-wire system will be semi-autonomous and use auditory and haptic cues to provide obstacle detection for a blind driver.

The first public demo will be at the Daytona International Raceway during the Rolex 24 racing event. News coverage is popping up all over the place.

If you can’t make it to Daytona, RoMeLa will be showing off their first prototype (red dune buggy) at NIWeek in August, in case anyone wants to take it for a spin.

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1. Deirdre Walsh - July 3, 2010

So cool! I can’t wait to see this at NIWeek.

2. bre - September 2, 2010

I am a 8th grade teacher in NC and came across your site while researching some information about robotics for my tech class this year. I just wanted to thank you first of all for the great information and articles about robotics, and second let you know about a site we are putting together for teachers that might have some useful information for your site.

We would love it if you could write a few articles for us, or link to some of the current articles to help us spread trusted resources to other teachers. I have included a link to the site below in hopes you might want to write some articles for us or link to it.

Thanks and keep the great resources coming 🙂

Bre Matthews

http://www.thefreeresource.com/robots-timeline-of-key-events-in-robotics-and-resources

3. PC based Virtual Instruments - April 6, 2011

An extremely useful application of NI LabVIEW


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