Mark Riccobono is legally blind. But that didn’t Stop him from enjoying his life & Driving a car in a Speedway .
He became the first blind man to drive around the track at Daytona International Speedway.
The National Federation for the Blind issued a challenge to see if anyone could come up with a solution to allow driving for the blind. A team in Virginia Tech took that challenge and found a way to make it possible , they developed a system that uses “”Fancy”” gloves that provide tactile feedback for the driver to read his surroundings.
Riccobono drove a custom equipped Ford Escape hybrid for several rounds and “successfully navigated the several turns of the road course but also avoided obstacles, some of which were stationary and some of which were thrown into his path at random from a van driving in front of him.”
The technology is not all the way there yet (for real world use, at least) but the NFB is hopeful that one day the technology would be good enough to change public perceptions. As for Riccobono, he’s enjoying the moment,