Ford tests also in Europe visual language between autonomous vehicle and people
Ford testing in Germany how light-based visual language could be a good solution for bridging the communication gap between autonomous vehicles and people and could help autonomous vehicles communicate their intentions to other road users such as pedestrians, human drivers and cyclists.
During sperimentation, conducted with Chemnitz University of Technology, to ensure testing was as realistic and natural as possible, the company created the “Human Car Seat” that it installed inside a Transit Connect van.
Designed to look like an autonomous vehicle, with the driver hidden in the seat, observers could more effectively gauge responses to a roof-mounted light bar that flashed white, purple and turquoise to indicate when the van was driving, about to pull forwards and giving way.
Tests showed that 60 per cent of the 173 people surveyed after encountering the Transit Connect thought it was an autonomous vehicle. There was also a high level of acceptance and trust in the signals, providing a basis from which researchers can further develop and hone the visual language.