VIDEO: Ford Technology Could Help Blind Passengers See?

May 9, 2018

From rolling hills to mountain ranges, views make any road trip memorable, but for blind passengers this is part of the experience that they miss. A prototype smart car window aims to change this by enabling blind or partially-sighted people to visualize passing scenery through touch.

Feel The View, being developed for Ford, 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.

Feel The View was conceived and developed by a Ford team in Italy and GTB Roma, in collaboration with Aedo, a local start-up that specializes in devices for the visually impaired.

“We seek to make people’s lives better and this was a fantastic opportunity to help blind passengers experience a great aspect of driving,” said Marco Alù Saffi, a Ford spokesman. “The technology is advanced, but the concept is simple, and could turn mundane journeys into truly memorable ones.”