Thursday, February 10, 2011

Virginia Tech video of a triumphant run

Watch the National Federation of the Blind's Mark Riccobono steer the course at the Daytona International Speedway in this brief video from January 29, 2011.

Riccobono, executive director of the NFB's Jernigan Institute, said he was "honored" to be the first person to taker the race course as part of the Blind Driver Challenge. More personal, though, Riccobono said was the chance to drive his family -- wife and two children -- around a nearby parking lot the day prior. The car's public debut came at the famed Rolex24 race.

Added Dennis Hong, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, "The Daytona demo we did is just the beginning. It was to let the world know about the challenge, and to inspire other scientists and researchers to join our efforts in developing technology for the blind."

Video edited by Virginia Tech's Josh Napier.

Photo: A triumphant and emotional Mark Riccobono talks to a cameraman (just out of frame), after his Daytona demo drive. Image by Steven D. A. Mackay

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