Google is teaching its self-driving cars “to drive more cautiously around children”
In a monthly report released by Google on Monday about its self-driving car program, the company has said that it is ‘teaching’ its self-driving prototype cars to act around children in a more cautious manner.
Since children are difficult to recognize during Halloween, and are quite unpredictable especially while stalking the neighborhoods in search of candy, Google’s self-driving prototype cars are learning how to spot children even in Halloween costumes and navigate around them carefully.
In its monthly report, Google has revealed that the company recently took the help of children for testing the sensors and software of its self-driving prototype cars at its Mountain View, California, headquarters.
Google said that it gave extra practice to the sensors and software of it self-driving prototypes by making children stand around its parked cars.
Highlighting the fact that the self-driving prototype cars are being taught “to drive more cautiously around children,” Google said in the monthly report: “When our sensors detect children—costumed or not—in the vicinity, our software understands that they may behave differently. Children’s movements can be more unpredictable—suddenly darting across the road or running down a sidewalk—and they’re easily obscured behind parked cars.”
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