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Group to Show Car That Can Be Driven by the Blind
AP via FoxNews ^ | July 2, 2010

Posted on 07/02/2010 4:58:47 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

WASHINGTON -- Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-flung notion a reality.

The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: automobiles; blind

1 posted on 07/02/2010 4:58:53 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

"the car did it"

2 posted on 07/02/2010 5:02:45 AM PDT by Doogle (IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN....PLEASE donate, because it's the RIGHT thing to do)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Virginia Tech is well known for its robotics program, but the intelligence to maneuver at highway speeds would be phenomenal.

3 posted on 07/02/2010 5:04:35 AM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
I guess this is why they put the Braille on the drive-up ATMs?

ML/NJ

4 posted on 07/02/2010 5:04:53 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I guess this means there will finally be a use for those Braille placards at the drive-in ATMs.....


5 posted on 07/02/2010 5:05:09 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: ml/nj

D’oh! Beat me to it!!


6 posted on 07/02/2010 5:05:54 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I have deaf friends and they scare me when they drive.


7 posted on 07/02/2010 5:06:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Great. The drivers who *can* see, don’t see motorcycles now...Will they be texting, too?


8 posted on 07/02/2010 5:08:12 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Last years model...


9 posted on 07/02/2010 5:08:14 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the world safe for Marxism)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
That reminds me of the movie (I forget the name) where a cop stops a carload of revelers. The driver was blind. Astonished, the cop asks "Why are you guys letting a blind man drive?"
Their reply: "Because he's the only one who's sober."
10 posted on 07/02/2010 5:09:37 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN '66-'67)
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To: cripplecreek

>> I have deaf friends and they scare me when they drive.

Yelling at them doesn’t help either, does it?

Hey, at least they’re not on their cell phones. ‘Course they could be *texting*... yikes!


11 posted on 07/02/2010 5:10:07 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Anyone who has ever driven in Montgomery, Al is already aware that blind people drive every day.


12 posted on 07/02/2010 5:10:49 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Let me just be the first to say - This is a FANTASTIC idea.

But why stop at driving? There's no reason blind people shouldn't be flying aircraft of performing heart surgery, either.

13 posted on 07/02/2010 5:10:57 AM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Possibly the single stupidest plan I ever heard of.


14 posted on 07/02/2010 5:11:00 AM PDT by djf
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
They already have a car for the blind...


15 posted on 07/02/2010 5:11:43 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: commish
Anyone who has ever driven in Montgomery, Al is already aware that blind people drive every day.

Birmingham too!

16 posted on 07/02/2010 5:17:28 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

About the stupidest and resource wasting ideas I have ever heard about. There is not enough bandwidth to explain the potential problems with a sysytem like the one proposed.


17 posted on 07/02/2010 5:19:59 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
I foresee a future when computer autopilot is mandatory and humans are no longer allowed to drive.
That is, if we're allowed to have cars at all then.

18 posted on 07/02/2010 5:20:14 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: cripplecreek

If you’re their Mother-in-law, they may not actually be deaf......


19 posted on 07/02/2010 5:25:42 AM PDT by G Larry (Democrats: expediting the Destruction of America, before they lose power...)
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To: 101voodoo
About the stupidest and resource wasting ideas I have ever heard about.

Other than Obamacare and Cap and Trade.
20 posted on 07/02/2010 5:26:05 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Official pace car of the National Association of Blind Brain Surgeons.
21 posted on 07/02/2010 5:29:31 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: djf
Possibly the single stupidest plan I ever heard of.

You sure about that? What about the 2008 plan to elect a no-account communist agitator as president of our fair land?

22 posted on 07/02/2010 5:35:16 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: commish

ever been in Beverly Hills Florida they are all blind and drive. nothing new.


23 posted on 07/02/2010 5:38:12 AM PDT by bikerman (Obama lied pelicans died)
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To: tgusa
Great minds think alike.

ML/NJ

24 posted on 07/02/2010 5:40:43 AM PDT by ml/nj
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25 posted on 07/02/2010 5:51:12 AM PDT by catman67
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

if they can develop one that can safely be driven by drunks and druggies, maybe we can save thousands of lives a year


26 posted on 07/02/2010 6:01:45 AM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This is so stupid. It’s like allowing a drunk person to drive. It would be interesting to see a blind person drive in deer country.


27 posted on 07/02/2010 6:10:59 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

FOR SALE ... SEEING EYE DOG ... BEST OFFER.


28 posted on 07/02/2010 6:17:42 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Wrecker companies rub hands,junk yards expect sales increase.


29 posted on 07/02/2010 6:27:10 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

30 posted on 07/02/2010 6:31:26 AM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
It’s like allowing a drunk person to drive

Or.....allowing the driver to run a game show in downtown traffic.


31 posted on 07/02/2010 7:23:50 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I already pay over 38% of my auto insurance for ‘uninsured drivers’.

Now I have to pay more for BLIND drivers???

The country has gone mad. Too many years of too many drugs.


32 posted on 07/02/2010 8:02:41 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ml/nj; tgusa

The practice of putting braille on ATMs is from the extremely rich blind Jewish community in parts of New York city. They have chauffeurs to drive them around to the ATMs and they do the transaction from the rear seat. I have been told that there are a few that have limousines import from Europe that have the steering wheel on the right hand side of the car. These are able to make their transactions from the front seat.

Or it could be government regulations requiring ALL atm’s to have braille. But that would be boring.

I knew a girl know was legally blind but could dive only during the day if it was not raining. How blind are they talking about?


33 posted on 07/02/2010 8:19:47 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (Isn't enough always enough?)
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To: ThomasThomas

Even if apocryphal, that’s a good story. Love it!


34 posted on 07/02/2010 8:24:30 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It isn’t “driven”. The technology drives the car. To say the blind is driving a car in this sense is to say I am flying the commercial airplane when I get on it because it is going where I want to go.


35 posted on 07/02/2010 9:18:34 AM PDT by CodeToad
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