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Google has trained its self-driving car how to behave around cyclists

By Shawn Knight
Jul 6, 2016
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  1. Google over the past couple of months has focused on teaching its autonomous car various tasks that drivers use on a daily basis. Last month, for example, Google’s self-driving car learned to use its horn at appropriate times (tips that many human drivers could use). Now, the search giant has added the ability for its car to interact with cyclists on public roadways.

    In its latest self-driving car report, Google said its cars recognize cyclists as unique users of the road and have been taught to drive conservatively around them. For example, Google’s cars won’t attempt to pass a cyclist that is riding in the middle of a lane, even if there is technically enough room. When it does pass, it gives cyclists ample buffer room.

    What’s more, Google cars can now detect a cyclist’s hand signals for intent to turn or change lanes. Because cyclists often make hand signals well in advance of their turn, Google’s software is programmed to remember previous signals to better anticipate future moves down the road.

    Google added that its car cameras can see in 360 degrees, even in the dark, and that they’ve trained it to recognize a wide variety of bikes including those with big wheels, bikes with car seats, tandem bikes, multi-colored frame bikes and even unicycles.

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  2. Badvok

    Badvok TS Booster Posts: 121   +50

    Good that it will be able to handle well behaved cyclists, shame that the majority aren't and I doubt any AI will ever be able to handle the behaviour of London cyclists since even the human brain falls at this hurdle.
     
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  3. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,657   +309

    Hence the need for an autonomous bicycle.
     
  4. Skyyy

    Skyyy TS Rookie

    If that thing honks at me, I'll flip it off.
     
  5. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 334   +132

    Next time on the "Google Self-driving Car Report":
    Google teaches it's car how to return the middle finger; crucial step to simulating accurate road rage.
     
  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Guru Posts: 706   +181

    Yea Right.....Ha Ha Ha...Hope it's not your child that makes it on theync video list
     
  7. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    the human brain fails to be able to drive courteously as well, hence all the road rage, traffic calming measures, tickets, accidents. I need to put on my makeup, I really need to get out this text, I really need to eat this bowl of cereal with milk and a spoon.......it boggles the mind
     

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