Ford, Virginia Tech test self-driving vehicle communication system

Corporate developments

US automaker aims to create standard visual language that pedestrians and bicyclists can easily understand

Ford has teamed up with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to test a new method for self-driving vehicles to communicate with pedestrians, human drivers and bicyclists, the US automaker said in a press release on 13 September. The test made use of an in-house designed light bar mounted on the top of the windshield of a Ford Transit van to communicate about what the car was doing, including yielding, driving or accelerating from a stop. Further, in order to stimulate a fully self-driving experience without using an actual self-driving vehicle, the Virginia Tech team developed a seat suite to conceal actual driver.

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