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GPS gives blind man another shot at motorcycle racing

by GPS4US 2013-08-26 14:51

Dan Parker lost his sight in a racing accident last year.


But that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to pursue his hobby. In fact, that accident gave him a chance to make history. This week Parker will use GPS technology to become the first blind man to drive the Bonneville Salt Flats in Northwestern Utah.


Parker has a history building race drag cars, but this week he will operate a 50cc two-stroke three-wheeler built especially for his run. His GPS system will give him audible alerts when he veers off course, and beacons at the start and finish lines will work with his GPS unit to help him correct his course.


According to his Facebook page, Parker ran his first pass on Monday at 55.3 miles per hour. He expects to top out at 75 mph this week in what he’s dubbed the “Quest for the Salt.”


Ultimately, Parker’s attempts will be not just an accomplishment for the man. It will serve as a reminder of what we are all capable of in this world, no matter our obstacles. Thankfully, GPS technology is making those things a little more possible.

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