STUTTGART: Automotive history is diverse and colourful. This is also to be understood quite literally, as the fascinating colours, shades and contrasts in the Mercedes-Benz Museum exhibition show.
However, many people are affected by colour blindness (colour vision deficiency) and cannot perceive the full range of hues and shades.
Various forms of red-green colour blindness, referred to by experts as “anomalous trichromacy”, are particularly common with one in 12 men (8 per cent) and one in 200 women (0.5 per cent) affected.
For visitors with this limitation, the Mercedes-Benz Museum now offers the public special glasses of the company EnChroma.
These glasses very precisely filter a small part of the colour spectrum from the visible light, making it possible to see an expanded range of distinct, vibrant colour.
The result is a much more colourful and contrast-rich perception of the surroundings. Adults and children can now borrow these special aids to colour vision, free of charge, for their visit to the exhibition.
“A barrier-free viewing experience of the exhibition is very important to us. I am delighted that people with colour vision deficiencies can now experience the bright red of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster or the powerful green metallic of the Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A in a whole new way with these special glasses. With this offer, we want to be a pioneer among museums in Germany,” said Bettina Haussmann, director Mercedes-Benz Museum.
“Mercedes-Benz is a renowned pioneer in the automobile industry, and now it is once again leading the way with the Mercedes-Benz Museum becoming the first in Germany to make EnChroma glasses available to colour blind visitors. Thousands of guests will now get to experience joy and wonderment as the colours of sleek, iconic Mercedes-Benz vehicles spring to life before their eyes. We applaud the Mercedes-Benz Museum for making the experience of colour accessible to all visitors,” said Erik Ritchie, CEO of EnChroma.
The company EnChroma from Berkeley, California/USA, developed the patented glasses almost 15 years ago and has earned various awards for their work in this respect.
The innovative glasses are loaned by over 200 organisations, including over 100 museums worldwide. These include the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States.
The glasses are also used in schools and universities – such as the University of Hamburg and RWTH Aachen University – for example.
Experts estimate that in Germany alone, around 3.5 million people are affected by colour vision deficiencies such as anomalous trichromacy.
The number is estimated at 30 million people across Europe and 350 million worldwide.
People who are red-green colour blind only see an estimated ten per cent of the hues and shades seen by those with typical colour vision.