Ford reveals a smart window for blind passengers
Feel the view is the name of the new invention
Ford wants to make all journeys memorable for blind passengers, who cannot enjoy the scenery that is part of any experience for any trip.
A prototype smart car window aims to solve this problem – by enabling blind or partially-sighted people to visualize passing scenery through touch.
Feel The View 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 Ford's 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. The technology is advanced, but the concept is simple – and could turn mundane journeys into truly memorable ones", says Marco Alù Saffi, Ford Italy spokesman.