Today will be a historic day for the blind eye sufferers worldwide. Because this day a blind man driving a car will be safe for the first time with the help of sensor technology embedded in the car, the Ford Escape.
He is Mark Riccobono, not a magician who wants to attractions but the man who actually suffer from blind since age 5. Relax, you do not need to enter the house due to fear hit by a car. Because the show was not held in Indonesia but in a closed circuit Daytona International Speedway.
This is the fruit of the hard work of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) since held an open competition since five years ago to create breakthrough technology that enables blind eye sufferers can drive a car.
Finally, a competition titled NFB Blind Driver Challenge is to find the winner, along with the Virginia Tech laboratory robotic and mechanical. They succeeded in creating new ways to drive by using non-visual interface technology that enables blind people to drive without the help of others.
Soon, that moment will come. On Saturday morning local time, Riccobono will drive a Ford Escape that has been equipped with new technology at the Daytona International Speedway.
"I was blind since the age of 5 years. So, I never tried to make a driver's license or driving your own car without any direction other people next to me," he said, quoted VIVAnews from TG Daily, Saturday, January 29, 2011.
"The initiative to hold a competition NFB Blind Driver Challenge is incredible. He can turn the impossible into reality. I can not wait to climb into the driver's seat and demonstrate to the world.