My May column for Voices, Technology allows blind people to drive cars (http://disabilitiesjoelsolkoffblogs.blogspot.com/2010/05/technology-allows-blind-people-to-drive.html#links), is a story that changed the way I think about people who are visually impaired. Ultimately, it is a story that changes the way I think at all. Somewhere between now and ultimately is a story that does not stop because the technology is on-going and the demand is intense.
I just heard a Pennsylvania Industries for the Blind and Handicapped (PIBH) seminar in which members cited the desire for every blind Pennsylvanian (who meets the same age requirements as sighted drivers) to be able to drive within the next 10 years.
If I hear from enough visually-impaired readers, I am willing to organize a bus trip to a location the developers at Virginia Tech suggest so that readers can be in the presence of these special vehicles. I cannot promise that everyone who wants to drive can, but I can try.
Meanwhile, this blog will serve as a center for blind driving. To get us started, let us go to the link on the fastest record established in Turkey in April, 2010.