How unmanned vehicles are more effective in communicating with other road users or pedestrians has been one of the thorny problems faced by car manufacturers and researchers. This issue prompted researchers Sensor at the Ford and Virginia Tech Institute of Transportation (VTTI) to learn from some 'mischievous' observations. Last month, two 'unmanned' van appeared on public streets, raising the attention of countless people.
Ford and VTTI have adopted a low-tech approach to make the car look like a fully automatic drive, but in fact the driver disguised as a car seat. This is done to test how the Ford Transit Connect truck interacts with pedestrians. Assuming that no human driver can carry out nonverbal signals - to pedestrians or other drivers crossing the road, the Transit Connect prototype will turn to other forms Suction Control Valve of interaction - achieved by integrating the light strip on the upper windshield.
Ford introduced three light modes. Two white lights move together to indicate that the vehicle is about to slow down. The white light remains the same indicating that it is in full autopilot mode. Finally, the flashing white light warns that it will be starting. Ford and VTTI installed some cameras on the car and were observed at multiple locations near Arlington, Virginia. They sorted out more than 150 hours of video data and will now process the data to understand the reactions of pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers. Ford said the data would help Temperature Sensor to understand whether other road users changed their behavior to deal with the autopilot and the signals they used.