Google's Self-Driving Cars Can Read Cyclists' Hand Signals

Posted by HardOCP News 7:44 AM (CDT)

Wednesday July 06, 2016

Google now says that its self-driving cars can recognize hand signals. I'd have to see this feature in action because I've seen cyclists on the road and most of them do not properly signal or, when they do, it looks like some contorted-pretzel looking gesture that you are supposed to recognize as "I'm merging to the right as I stop before I change my mind and swerve back into the bike lane."

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