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New Orientation Technology on the Horizon

So many advances in technology are making their way into how people travel, from self-driving cars to phones that function as mobile travel agents; the world for travelers just 20 years from now will likely be surreal compared to today's travel world. Just as phones were once required to be attached to the wall and your finger had to turn the dial, and now we can talk on our phones hands free while multitasking other activities in just about any location. One of the new advances being developed will address challenges of orientation for indoor environments. For some fun dreaming of what future generations will be able to benefit from, read on to find out about a project at Auburn University.

"Navigation devices used by blind people today lack the ability to operate indoors and other areas where GPS is not available, and are unable to help the user deal with items that aren't part of maps, such as crowds and cars. Auburn University is building a prototype device under contract to the Federal Highway Administration that can address both problems, combining technology that it developed for Department of Transportation with technology that Draper Laboratory developed for soldiers and unmanned vehicles."

Contributed by Chris Tabb
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