This startup wants to replace the white cane for blind people

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Using advanced technologies such as lidar—also used in autonomous vehicles—Strap’s assistive device is aimed at helping visually impaired people navigate their environment. Lots of companies are pouring resources into teaching cars to see the world around them. Now a startup called Strap Technologies is developing a wearable pod that uses some of the same kinds of sensors used by autonomous vehicles—radar, lidar, ultrasonic—to give blind people a clearer sense of their surroundings. Read Full Story

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Self-driving taxis should be designed with accessibility at the forefront—not as an afterthought

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For autonomous vehicles to fulfill the promise of accessibility and still be environmentally efficient, all cars need to be similarly accessible. Autonomous vehicles, like self-driving taxis, continue to garner media attention as industry and political stakeholders claim that they will improve safety and access to transportation for everyone . But for people who have different mobility needs and rely on human drivers for work beyond the task of driving, the prospect of driverless taxis may not sound like progress. Unless accommodations are built in to autonomous vehicle designs, companies risk undermining transportation access for the very communities this technology is promising to include. Read Full Story

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Hear the new experience designed to bring people who are blind into the excitement of a tennis match

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Tennis is just a starting point. This technology could soon allow visually impaired people around the world to better experience the joy of live sports. The highs and lows of this year’s Australian Open have been delighting fans around the world, especially during global lockdowns. But not everyone is able to enjoy the thrill of live sports in the same way. For the tennis fans among the 600,000 blind and visually impaired people in Australia—and millions more around the world— experiencing sports broadcasts can be underwhelming. Kala Petronijevic, a young girl who has low vision, says her dad has to commentate every move to her. Maurice Gleeson, a blind tennis fan and the CEO of Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria, says: “Tennis, sadly, hasn’t been anywhere near as accessible as I would like.” Read Full Story

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The 200-year-old inspiration for Zoox’s radically new robotaxi

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When Zoox built an autonomous vehicle from the ground up, the horse-driven carriage served as a surprisingly effective design model. When the autonomous taxi company Zoox unveiled its vehicle last December it was somewhat of a surprise.It was a tall, squarish, perfectly symmetrical vehicle with rounded corners and sliding glass doors on either side and wheels with striking silver hubs. Inside was a large, open cabin with four comfortable-looking seats facing each other; the electric motor hidden beneath the floorboard could propel the vehicle in either direction at up to 75 mph. Read Full Story

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Chipotle is the latest company to get behind robot cars. Here’s why

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Chipotle just invested big in an autonomous delivery company. Their CTO explains why and what the process will look like. Nuro is the autonomous vehicle company that big brands love. With a focus on delivery, Nuro’s cute, driverless vehicle that’s optimized to hold goods has attracted partnerships with Walmart, Kroger, and CVS, along with over $1 billion in funding since 2017. Read Full Story

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