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Monday, May 19, 2014

Blind like me

I'm still thinking about the self-driving cars that are now available. Here's a video of a man who is visually impaired like me and who can now "drive" a car again ...



It's great that technology can solve so many problems now for we who are disabled. Not so great that it just won't happen for those like me who cannot afford it. As this article about the video above states ...

[...] The clip is amusing and tremendously uplifting--showing how autonomous driving technology can empower a person, giving them a sense of independence and freedom to do whatever they want, when they want to do it. Problem is, most Americans (disabled or not) can’t afford such a vehicle .... The featured Prius, which starts at around $24,000, is optioned up with a $75,000 to $80,000 Velodyne LIDAR system, visual and radar sensors estimated to cost about $10,000, and a nearly $200,000 GPS array. Not to mention the cost of the driving computer and software. Put into context: The staid-looking Toyota Prius Mahan “drove” around in the video costs more than a Ferrari 599. At $320,000, that’s an exclusive purchase, and well above the mean cost of a car, truck or SUV ...

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