Unmanned Uber scare pedestrians with lights and sounds


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Taxi service Uber has filed a patent and trademark office, the papers for the registration of the method by which unmanned vehicles can communicate with pedestrians. About it writes The Verge.

According to the submitted application, the car will feature “quite insane,” according to The Verge, illumination. So, Uber offers to project onto the windshield a “virtual driver” which will indicate to pedestrians how they should move. In addition, the mirrors provided by a flashing arrow indicating the direction of movement for walking down the street people.

“In fact, the car should be lit like Las Vegas, to compensate for the absence of the person behind the wheel,” concludes The Verge. Also, the patent application suggests the sound signals coming from the unmanned taxi.

Image from the patent application Uber website pdfaiw.uspto.gov

“When there is a real driver, he might shout out the window or signal [pedestrian] nod of the head, — explained one of the developers of Uber Sean Chin. — So far we have (in the case of an unmanned taxi — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) no ready solutions, but we are working on what could become a new language that will give people information.”

Uber began testing unmanned taxi in Pittsburgh, USA, in may 2016. For clients travel without a driver became available in test mode in September of the same year.

Video, photo All from Russia.


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