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Video: Behind the Blind Driver Challenge

Students, engineers, and researchers put their skills on the line in the Blind Driver Challenge, as they designed and outfitted a vehicle to be driven by the visually impaired. The final phase of testing took place at the Virginia International Raceway, and all systems are "go." The first public demonstration was at the Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 29, 2011.

Visit the web page: The Blind Driver Challenge

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Length: 04:24
Link: Video: Behind the Blind Driver Challenge (MOV | 113MB)

A look at the vehicles

    The College of Engineering has two new Blind Driver Challenge vehicles. This one is BRIAN, which stands for xxx.

The Blind Driver Challenge team from the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory in the College of Engineering have developed two modified Ford Escapes for the challenge.

  • One 2010 Hybrid SUV is named ANDREA, for Automobile for Non-visual Driving Research, Education and Advancement.
  • The other, also a 2010 Hybrid, is named BRIAN, for Blind Research Interfaces for Advanced Navigation.
  • What's the difference? Color. ANDREA is charcoal gray. Brian is black.