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Robots & Machines

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Will Soon Be Able to Interpret Cyclists’ Signals

Still, make sure you wear your helmet.

Google has some good news for cyclists.

The tech giant is developing new onboard sensors for its self-driving vehicle fleet that will be able to gauge and interpret a cyclist’s intent.

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Over 100 Googlers biking around a self-driving car. Source: Google

The sensors can detect a cyclist’s hand signals as an indication of an intention to make a turn or shift over, according to the company’s June autonomous vehicle report. Cyclists often make hand signals far in advance of a turn, and Google’s software is designed to remember previous signals from a rider so it can better anticipate a rider’s turn down the road.

The built-in sensors will make sure that the autonomous cars recognize everything from unicycles to fatbikes, and stay out of the two-wheeled traffic’s way. Further, the report notes that the vehicle software is even getting advanced enough to avoid cyclists in the dark.

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