Do Steering Wheels Include Braille So Visually Impaired Drivers Can Find the Horn?

"Just realized that these little bumps on the steering wheel are in Braille."

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Car steering wheels include Braille to help visually impaired drivers find the horn.



In mid-January 2019, a meme spread online stating the steering wheels of some automobiles were outfitted with Braille, the tactile written language, so that visually impaired motorists could locate their car horns:

This concept is simply an old joke that has been circulating online for years now. The raised dots seen in the image above in fact don’t resemble a configuration of any letters in the Braille alphabet:

In case readers need further evidence that the dots in the meme do not spell out the word “horn” or anything similar, here is how the word is translated in Braille:

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William Pennmanship.   “Ford to Install Braille on Steering Wheel Controls.”
    28 September 2009.

Quora.   “Why Are There Little Bumps Over a Steering Wheel?”
    Accessed 14 January 2019.