Autonomous driving: Google car reacts to hand signs of cyclists

The technology company states that its Google car is able to react with foresight to cyclists’ behavior.

Google car is supposed to show consideration for bicycles in road traffic. Photo: fotolia devianart

Google car is supposed to show consideration for bicycles in road traffic. Photo: fotolia devianart

If Google tells the truth about the progress with its autonomous car, the vehicle is not only very smart but also very secure. The company states that the Google car is even able to remember hand signs in traffic that were performed too early and to react to them in the right moment. Moreover, the vehicles are trained to leave the street to cyclists in situations when the cyclist gets too near to the car. The Google car also realizes when the door of a parked car is opened and leaves enough space to cyclists to avoid collisions with the one car or the other. When the street becomes too narrow or when the cyclist indicates a turn, the Google car also leaves enough space to him.

During the testing procedure, 360° cameras have proven to be especially helpful. In order to be prepared to as many situations as possible, the software of the autonomous vehicles has been trained with bicycles of different shape, colour and size.

Read more: Cyclists in urban traffic: five security tips for car drivers

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