The new Forza Motorsport will offer blind driving assistants

Designed for those with limited or no vision, Blind Driving Assists, or BDA, uses a combination of sounds and descriptions to make Forza Motorsport driving accessible to those who would otherwise find it impossible.

Autosteer, for example, sends the sound of your car into either the left or right earphones depending on the direction of the next bend, while a beep lets you know if you’re approaching the edge of the track.

Analogous to a rally co-driver, a voice can also describe what kind of corner is coming up, for example a switchback. Players can test each BDA before hitting the track.

This isn’t the only accessibility feature, of course, as one-touch driving, annotated menus, and color-blind specific modes and filters are also available.

It follows Forza Horizon 5 in the Microsoft portfolio, which won the 2021 Innovation in Accessibility Game Award thanks in part to its sign language options for the in-game story.

Also of note is that Accessibility Consultant Brandon Cole tests the BDA features in a promotional video of Dave Newsham’s 2014 BTCC Ford Focus driving through Suzuka – although it’s unclear if this is in the new Forza Motorsport or a Forza Motorsport 7 build.

Forza Motorsport will be released sometime in 2023 and on the first day of Game Pass. The eighth game of the driving series will act as a reboot.

Source: microsoft

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