feel the view

From mountain ranges to rolling hills, views make any road trip memorable, but for blind passengers, this is part of the experience that they do not get to witness.

A prototype smart car window aims to change this – by enabling blind or visually impaired people to visualize the passing scenery via touch.

‘Feel The View’ takes pictures from an attached camera that are converted into high-contrast monochrome images. These are then reproduced on the glass using specialized LEDs.

“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,” said Ford Europe’s spokesman Mac Alu Saffi.

By touching the image on the window, different shades of grey vibrate with a range of 255 intensities, allowing passengers to touch the scene and rebuild it in their mind the landscape in front of them.

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

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