Blind people can see through Ford’s new windowJanuary 5, 2020
Ford made a rather modest presentation of its new technology, which allows blind passengers to “see” the landscape outside the window. Feel The View technology was developed in collaboration with Aedo startup.
Recently, Ford is not often happy with good news. However, this does not mean that the concern is not doing anything. The presentation of the electric Ford Mustang Mach-e alone proves the opposite. But the brand is not only busy with commercially profitable projects. We often take the opportunity to see for granted, and it’s hard for us to imagine what it feels like to be blind.
Ford and GTB in Italy in collaboration with local startup Aedo introduced Feel The View technology (feel the view). This technology works by creating vibration on the surface of the glass. In a certain area, this vibration may vary in the range of 255 values. These vibrations are felt by the hand, and a blind person is able to interpret them.
When the button is pressed, the device takes a picture of the landscape outside the window. This photo is a high-contrast monochrome image converted to shades of gray. Each shade of gray can be converted into a unique vibration of varying intensity on the surface of a car window.
This allows the visually impaired to “feel” landscapes, examining details and depth with the help of touches. And assistance in the development and management will provide a built-in virtual assistant.
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