Re: accessible car radios

Merv Keck <blind5sparrow@...>

The only thing I hate worse than a car radio that is not accessible is a drive through ATM that is not brailed. Laughs!

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Gerald Levy
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] accessible car radios

Sorry, I have to disagree. My Sony Walkman SRF-M37 has better sensitivity, selectivity and sound quality than the average car radio when coupled with a good set of earbuds or headphones. Factory installed car audio systems tend to have boomy bass and overly bright treble. I have noticed that in some cars, the radio controls seem to be positioned closer to the driver than to the front seat passenger, anyway, so making them accessible would be moot.
Automobile controls and gauges are designed to optimize safety and convenience for the driver, not the front seat passenger. If you really want an accessible car radio, then find a classic car collector and buy a nicely restored 55 Chevy or Cadillac or or 56 Plymouth Fury or other Harley Earle or Virgil Exner inspired chrome clad, fin adorned creation from the 50's or 60's. They all have old-fashioned radios with pushbutton station
presets and rotary tuning and volume controls. Ifyou believe that car
makers should be compelled to make their radios accessible to blind passengers, then I suggest contacting one of the blindness advocacy organizations and imploring them to sue the bastards. See how far you get.


clad fin

-----Original Message-----
From: Aidan
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 3:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] accessible car radios

Yes but its not just for the car where car radios is useful, you can buy them and use them inside your home since they have better reseption than most normal radios today.

On 16/08/2017, Gerald Levy <bwaylimited@...> wrote:

Well, until self-driving cars become a commercial reality, there is
certainly no compelling reason for automobile manufacturers to make
their car radios accessible to blind passengers. After all, if
appliance and electronics manufacturers don't give a rat's ass about
accessibility, why should auto makers? I have a better solution. If
you're a passenger in a car and you want to listen to a particular
radio station, then just carry around a small , Walkman-style portable
radio with a set of earbuds, and this way you won't distract the
driver or other passengers. Maybe it's you

who needs to think outside the box and look at the big picture.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Parsons
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] accessible car radios

Hi all,

Gerald, think out of the box. If you have two or three or more people
in a car, one of them drives, that leaves the other passengers to do
things like talk on their cell phones, talk to each other and the
driver, play word games, listen to music, and, amazingly enough,
adjust the radio so that the driver can keep his/her eyes on the road
and hands on the wheel. If the passenger happens to be blind, it
would be a service and probably a addition to the safety of the driver
and the passengers if that blind person could operate the radio. One
can listen to music in one's living room, in one's kitchen, in one's
den, and parish the thought in bed. One can also listen to music
while riding in a car. One doesn't have to drive in order to listen
to a car radio. Think out of the box please! <smiling with twinkle>
No, I shan't pardon you because I know you can think this one through.

Ann P.

Original message:
Pardon me for asking such a dumb question, but why would a blind
person be

interested in an accessible car radio if he can’t drive a car in the

place? ? This doesn’t make any sense.
From: Fanus <mailto:buys.fanus@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:26 PM
To: <>
Subject: [TechTalk] accessible car radios Hello list Modern car
radios have touch screens. Does anyone know of a car radio which has
buttons and has bluetooth?
Ann K. Parsons
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