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Google files patent for light-sensing technology to help self-driving cars yield to police

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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..

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Google files patent for light-sensing technology to help self-driving cars yield to police

</head> RESTRICTIONS: NONE For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw 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 yielding to an ambulance or stopping completely for a police vehicle.

RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1.

Google car scans area 2.

Google car identifies light sources 3.

Google car identifies moving and flashing lights 4.

Police lights vs ambulance lights 5.

Google car responds to police lights VOICEOVER (in English): “Google plans on outfitting its self-driving cars with scanners that will be able to detect and identify light sources, colors and patterns.” “Computing devices will allow it to identify light sources.

If the light is stationary, like that of a street light, or moving, like those on vehicles.” “It will then determine if the light is flashing.

If it is both moving and flashing, the Google car will then identify the light colors and pattern.” “Emergency and police vehicles have different light 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.” SOURCES: US Patent and Trademark Office, Google Self-Driving Car Project, http://pdfaiw.uspto.gov/.aiw?PageNum=0&docid=20160252905&IDKey=D3472C93084A&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fappft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO1%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526d%3DPG01%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252FPTO%25252Fsrchnum.html%2526r%3D1%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526s1%3D%25252220160252905%252522.PGNR.%2526OS%3DDN%2F20160252905%2526RS%3DDN%2F20160252905 https://www.google.com/selfdrivingcar/ *** For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377




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