Driving a race car with your eyes

9NEWS at 9 p.m. 10/07/15.

KUAS – Maybe you've seen the commercials featuring a paraplegic who is once again able to drive a car through adaptive technology.

That science was put on display at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain Wednesday – and was used in a very special NASCAR vehicle: the No. 78 belonging to Furniture Row Racing.

The technology enables people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities to participate in motorsports. In the real world, it can help someone who uses a wheelchair be more independent.

How does it work? You drive with your eyes, using smart glasses technology.

Furniture Row driver Martin Truex Jr. took the controls in an adaptive stock car.

"Regaining something lost, is not always tangible," Scott Falci wth Craig Hospital said. "It can be as simple as a ride down the road."

(© 2015 KUSA)


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