Italy - Gazing upon stunning views can make road trips memorable, but this experience has been unavailable to blind or partially-sighted passengers.
Ford’s prototype smart car window aims to change this by enabling blind or partially-sighted people to visualise passing scenery through touch.
Feel The View is an amazing technology that takes pictures that are turned into high-contrast monochrome images. These are then reproduced on the glass using special LEDs.
By touching the image, different shades of grey vibrate with a range of 255 intensities, allowing passengers to touch the scene and rebuild in their mind the landscape in front of them.
An integrated vocal assistant helps them to put the image into context.
Feel The View was developed by Ford Italy and GTB Roma in collaboration with Aedo, an Italian company that specialises in devices for the visually impaired.
“We developed a new language to give people who cannot see a landscape, the chance to feel it,” says a Ford spokesperson.
“We seek to make people’s lives better and this was a fantastic opportunity to help blind passengers experience a great aspect of driving. The technology is advanced, but the concept is simple – and could turn mundane journeys into truly memorable ones," he said.
There is no word yet on when the concept might become a production reality.
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