Google's self-driving cars will be able to yield or stop for police vehicles

A recently published patent outlines the search-engine dynamo’s plans for its self-driving car project. Google looks to equip cars with light sensors to determine the appropriate actions needed to be taken on the road.

    2016/09/10

NSFW    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA — Google has submitted a new patent as part of its self-driving car project for technology that will allow cars to yield to emergency and police vehicles.

In the patent that was submitted in 2014, but published earlier this month, Google outlined the need for its self-driving cars to be able to respond appropriately to emergency and police vehicles.

Google plans on outfitting its cars with scanners that will be able to detect and identify light sources, colors and patterns.

When a Google self-driving car is on the road, one or more computing devices will allow it to detect light and identify if that light is stationary, like that of a street light, or moving, like those on vehicles. It will then determine if the light is flashing. Should the light be both moving and flashing, the Google car will then identify the colors and pattern of flashing lights.

Emergency and police vehicles have different light and patterns. Police vehicles also utilize unique patterns for various offenses.

Based on the patterns of lights, the Google car can make the appropriate maneuver, such as yield to an ambulance or stop completely for a police vehicle.
Google has submitted a patent for new technology for its self-driving car project. GOOGLE
Google has submitted a patent for new technology for its self-driving car project. GOOGLE
The patent outlines technology that would allow self-driving cars to identify light sources, colors and patterns in order to respond appropriately to emergency and police vehicles. US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
The patent outlines technology that would allow self-driving cars to identify light sources, colors and patterns in order to respond appropriately to emergency and police vehicles. US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
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