Friday, February 25, 2011

From the "Fremont (Nebraska) Tribune": FPS teacher watches blind man drive

Mary Robinson recently got the chance to watch something very few people thought was possible: Watch a blind person drive a vehicle.

Robinson, a teacher for Fremont Public Schools' Blind and Visually Impaired Program, watched Mark Anthony Riccobono drive a Ford Escape hybrid during the Rolex 24 in late January at Daytona Beach, Fla.

Riccobono's vehicle was equipped with non-visual technology, including a pad that gave him cues for when to stop, speed up and slow down, as well as gloves that indicated which direction to turn.

Riccobono also had to avoid obstacles, including boxes that were dropped from a van.

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Image: As he exits the Blind Driver Challenge vehicle at Daytona International Speedway, Mark Riccobono is greeted by family, friends and cameramen. Photo by Steven D. A. Mackay.

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