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Will Blind People Be Allowed To Access Driverless Cars?

July 11, 2016

Ouch! raise a very interesting question in their latest podcast.

Blind, visually impaired and other disabled people could benefit hugely from the new breed of automated cars that we hear such a lot about. But will this group of people be automatically permitted to drive them when the cars are legally allowed on the roads? (a transcript will appear on this page soon)

We discovered in the last week that the first death has happened which involves driverless technology, a man using autopilot mode on a Tesla car. Does this change the desire of some blind and disabled people to want to travel in a computer controled car and gain that much-needed independence? Might the tragic incident put lawmakers off?

These and other questions are discussed in this edition of Inside Ouch featuring AbilityNet’s Robin Christopherson and Hugh Huddy who considers policy at a big charity which supports visually impaired people.

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  1. July 11, 2016 10:35 am

    these so called driver less cars are still years away from mainstream driving and i very much doubt they will ever get on the road at all

    for me the whole concept doesn’t make sense as humans and computers are poles apart

    if all cars were driver less then yes that makes sense but to try to mix the 2 will never work

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