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Ford disguised a man as a car seat to research self-driving

Original story at TechCrunch• 2 mentions • 1 week ago

TechCrunch 1 week ago

 
Yes, you read that correctly: Ford put a man in a car seat disguise so that a Ford Transit could masquerade a a true self-driving vehicle. Why? To evaluate how passers by, other drivers on the road and cyclists reacted to sharing the road with an autonomous vehicle. The trial, conducted with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, also made use of a light bar mounted on the top of the windshield to provide communication about what the car was doing, including yielding, driving autonomously or accelerating from a full stop. So why engage in such elaborate dress-up, especially when it’s ...
 
 
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13 Sep
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Ford disguised a man as a car seat to research self-driving https://t.co/pzSkmNpbKb
13 Sep
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Ford disguised a man as a car seat to research self-driving https://t.co/59DuRWjkn0 by @etherington https://t.co/bPWPjjsmHo