55 cars were navigated by visually impaired people using "Braille tulip" helping out the driver to complete the rally through the streets of Patiala, Punjab
The rally saw over 100 participants with each car having one visually impaired navigator who would read the rally route and help the driver to complete the rally as fast as possible. The visually impaired navigators came from all parts of the country to take in one of its kind rallies.
Car rallies are usually about speed and driving skills of the driver whereas this rally was a bit different with a unique blend of drivers who could see and navigators who are visually impaired.
Col Satish said, “I participated in this rally for the first time and the experience was really good. I have participated in several car rallies, but this was altogether different. I had a great time with my navigator Puneet.”
Organised by the Society for the welfare of the handicapped, the rally was focused on empowering the visually impaired people. The Royal City Riders did a wonderful job and the event ran off smoothly. “It was one of the best experiences of my life. The route was really tough as we went into the small bylanes of villages in Patiala district. There was a speed limit and also a stipulated time to reach every checkpoint what made the driving a challenge. Anyhow, it was really exciting,” said 29-year-old Puneet, who teaches music at Kendra Vidyalaya in Ludhiana.
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