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September 7, 2016

Google’s driverless cars fitted with police detection technology

New technology revealed in a US patent filing.

By Hannah Williams

Google is creating sensors that will enable its driverless cars to automatically detect police vehicles in the area.

The driverless technology industry has an expected worth a total of £900 billion globally by 2025, currently growing by 16 per cent a year.

The firm's driverless cars will have technology installed which will allow approaching police cars to be identified- triggering an alert to have the Google vehicles move out the way without disruption.

It is also expected to identify whether the car approaching and the current situation may require a response. Once the police car is detected, the car will manoeuvre to make room for the approaching vehicle.

A supporting US patent filing revealed that Google has hoped for a system that will recognise emergency services’ flashing lights. The sensors would be made to identify red or blue colours, as well as that of ambulance vehicles.

As the UK law states, drivers are expected to park their vehicle at the next safe opportunity when police signals to stop, which can be in any case. Drivers must not obstruct an ambulance or police car that may be engaged in a high-speed operation.

UK Government has invested millions in driverless car research, with promises to change the law to encourage the technology to take root in the UK.

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The new technology aims to support the UK laws, along with improving safe driving.


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