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Our sponsored charity, Speed Of Sight, is driven by the belief that a disability doesn’t mean an inability. They run fantastic experiences for sighted and non-sighted people to feel the roar of a racetrack from a whole new perspective. So, we went down to Three Sisters Circuit in Wigan, UK to experience it for ourselves!
About Speed Of Sight
Mike “Super Human” Newman was born completely blind. But that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a racing driver.
In addition to breaking nine world records and becoming the fastest blind man on the planet, Mike believed in a world where other disabled people could realize similar experiences. So, he put the wheels on Speed Of Sight, inviting people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the thrill of driving.
Captivated by Mike's amazing work, Wejo has been supporting and sponsoring Speed Of Sight with the belief that autonomous vehicles will play a huge role in the future for disabled drivers. And what better way to mark our first event with the charity than by getting on track ourselves?
Wejo @ Three Sisters Circuit
On April 5, ten members of the Wejo team headed over to Three Sisters Circuit to get behind the wheel of specially modified racing cars and buggies – completely blindfolded.
Sat alongside a pro instructor who could step in with dual controls and twin steering, our team braced themselves for a whip around the circuit. It was an experience like no other: independent race driving, but without the sense that we all too easily take for granted.
While exhilarating, our time spent with the charity offered us a deeper insight into (albeit a small sample of) driving without the use of sight. But even though operating manual vehicles may be out of the question for many with visual impairment, this doesn’t rule out a future where those with a disability are unable to drive…
Driving towards autonomy
As technology advances, so does the way we access, interpret and use vehicle data. On a daily basis, Wejo is making this data available for organizations to spark significant change for present and future mobility – a large part of which includes the evolution of autonomous vehicles.
We’re strong believers that developments in autonomy will empower more and more people with disabilities to realize independence behind the wheel for the first time. And it’s charities like Speed Of Sight that give us the added motivation to work towards an autonomous future.
Stay tuned for more events like this with our sponsored charity.
Speed of Sight is a registered charity with the Charity Commission of England & Wales under registered number 1150463.