Monday, March 7, 2011

Blind Driver Challenge appears on NBC's "Today Show"

On a deeply frigid February 23, 2011, Jenna Wolfe of the Sunday edition of "Today Show" visited the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg, Va. Her mission: Learn about and then test-drive the second-generation Blind Driver Challenge vehicle known as “ANDREA” (Automobile for Non-visual Driving Research, Education and Advancement). How did she do? Watch this clip to see. Featured in the spot are Blind Driver Challenge partners National Federation of the Blind’s Mark Riccobono, Virginia Tech’s Dennis Hong and Paul D’Angio, and TORC Technologies’ Jesse Hurdus, among others. Note: A brief commercial may play before the feature.

Image: Mark Riccobono, executive director of the National Federation of the Blind's Jernigan Institute, and Dennis Hong, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia, in December 2010 at Danville, Va. Photo by Steven D. A. Mackay.

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