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    What could possibly go wrong?

    What could possibly go wrong?

    http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/07...ind?art_***=10

    sorry to redirect to another link like this but I am just busting my brain thinking how this could be such a bad idea.

    have to say this is not cool. sighted drivers have enough trouble seeing us and I wear a ton of lights to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikegeek57 View Post
    What could possibly go wrong?

    http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/07...ind?art_***=10

    sorry to redirect to another link like this but I am just busting my brain thinking how this could be such a bad idea.

    have to say this is not cool. sighted drivers have enough trouble seeing us and I wear a ton of lights to boot.
    I believe most of the drivers in my city are blind without the aid of lasers.

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    Yeah that would be scary.

    Some of the comments to that post are hilarious.

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    Solution: Hide their keys.

    On the other hand these days they are likely to be some of the safest drivers on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikegeek57 View Post
    have to say this is not cool. sighted drivers have enough trouble seeing us and I wear a ton of lights to boot.
    I wouldn't bust my butt organizing a protest at the RMV just yet if I were you. This is a student project demonstrating a hypothetical application of a technology, not the imminent release of blind drivers onto the nation's highways. It's not even a picture of the nose of an elephant coming through some other door a continent away.
    You have the right to your own opinion. You don't have the right to your own facts.

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    I have no problem with a vehicle for the blind. But they have to take the same driving test as everyone else to get a license, right?

    While there can be a Braille interpretation (just like there are 25 other languages available) of the wording "What does a sign in this shape mean?", if you can't recognize the shape without touching it, then you're s.o.l.
    The "look into the viewfinder and tell me which side you see the blinking light" part of the test will probably be tough, too.
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    Maybe if every moving vehicle in the country implemented an automated control system and the necessary infrastructure was in place to facilitate this, the idea could work. Short of that, no way. (and I don't see these requirements ever being met.)

    Quote Originally Posted by EKW in DC View Post
    Some of the comments to that post are hilarious.
    One of the reasons I love Slashdot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    It's not even a picture of the nose of an elephant coming through some other door a continent away.
    I love this comment. Hah!

    the comments on the /. site for that note were among the funniest I've seen in a while.

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    If a car can gather enough information to tell a blind driver how to drive then why not take the next step and have the car drive itself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by annc View Post
    If a car can gather enough information to tell a blind driver how to drive then why not take the next step and have the car drive itself?
    they've not had such great success with this. DARPA has an annual contest to do just that. I am not sure if any of the high tech research groups have successfully completed the road test without crashing. I could be wrong but I recall there being some spectacular crashes on the test runs.

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