Blind Runner – level 2

27-11-2020 07:00

Thomas Panek is 49 years old and he is blind. He is the president of an organization that trains guide dogs. A guide dog helps a blind person travel around safely.

Panek has run more than 20 marathons with the help of his dog. But he got an idea how to make the lives of blind runners even easier. Panek started working with Google and together, they wanted to find a way that blind runners could run without their dogs. Software engineers made an app called Guideline. The app uses AI, it checks the runner’s location, and it tells him where to go.

Panek tested the app in Central Park in New York City, US, and he ran five kilometers completely on his own. He needed only his smartphone, headphones, and the app.

Difficult words: blind (a person who cannot see), marathon (a long race of about 42 kilometers), AI (artificial intelligence, a computer technology that can do something similarly to people), location (where someone or something is).

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