Tech robotics laboratory puts blind drivers behind the wheel

By Pat Murphy © Collegiate Times , Blacksburg, Virginia — Attaining a driver’s license for most teenagers is a must, but for some groups of people such as the blind, this adolescent rite of passage never comes. However, the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory at Virginia Tech, or RoMeLa, is working on a way to fix this. In 2005, the National Federation for the Blind challenged society to create a car that a blind person could drive. So far, Tech has been the only one to rise to the challenge. Dennis Hong, mechanical engineering professor, faculty advisor, and RoMeLa director, explained why Tech chose to move forward with the project…. READ ARTICLE

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