Monday, March 7, 2011

From "": Road ready?: Blind Driver Challenge creates optimism

TUPELO - The idea of a blind man driving may seem like a fantasy or a stunt, but Ken Eskew has seen it happen.

In January, he drove to Daytona, Fla., to witness the National Federation of the Blind's Blind Driver Challenge.

"I drove 1,800 miles round trip to see that car in action," Eskew, 50, said.

A blind man took the wheel of a Ford Escape equipped with non-visual technology, and drove a mile and a half around the Daytona International Speedway track.

With help from a system developed by Virginia Tech and TORC Technologies, the driver used cues... Read more.

Image: National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute Executive Director and BDC driver Mark Riccobono takes on the famed Daytona track. Photo by Suzanne Shaffer, an art director at the National Federation of the Blind.

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