Honda Introduces AI-driven Audio App For Visually Impaired Passengers; Here's How It Works

The brand-new Honda Scenic Audio app for visually challenged passengers has been developed in partnership with the Howe Innovation Center at Perkins School for the Blind.

By Sanorita | on April 16, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

The Japanese manufacturer has developed an AI-powered app called the Honda Scenic Audio in collaboration with the Howe Innovation Center at Perkins School for the Blind. The application offers a real-time audio description of the surroundings outside of the vehicle to enhance the travelling experience for blind and visually impaired passengers. To do this, the distinctive app makes use of artificial intelligence (AI), satellite imaging, and other forms of technology including meteorological data and geolocation. According to Honda, the new Scenic Audio app offers more than just scenery descriptions. It has been created to provide comprehensive narratives with a literary tone and profound descriptions employing diverse adjectives, recognised sounds, comparisons of heights and terrain, and ambient temperature readings. 

The Scenic Audio app is currently going through beta testing with the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, which has been associated with Honda for about 30 years. The feedback from blind and visually impaired people will help improve the application for prospective users. 

Phil Hruska, Senior Manager, of Honda Marketing, said "At Honda, through The Power of Dreams we apply our original technologies and ideas to realize mobility that enables our customers to enjoy life with more freedom, more convenience, and more fun". He also added ''By creating a detailed narrative of the roadside views during a scenic driving experience, the Honda Scenic Audio app can help to open imaginations and enhance the joy of car travel to blind and visually impaired passengers."

Sandy Lacey, Executive Director of Perkins' DisabilityTech community, the Howe Innovation Center, commented ''Scenic Audio supports our mission of creating a more accessible world for all by designing alongside and with the disability community. We are excited to collaborate on this project and applaud Honda for its leadership in creating inclusive auto experiences."

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