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How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars


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Jaywalking can confuse autonomous vehicles.

Jaywalking could neutralize self-driving automobiles' purported benefit of reducing traffic congestion, and researchers are considering potential solutions.

Credit: The Philadelphia Enquirer

Jaywalking could neutralize self-driving automobiles' purported benefit of reducing traffic congestion, and researchers are considering potential solutions.

Experts predict Level 4 autonomous vehicles will come to market in about five years, and accommodating the technology will require new rules for cities and citizens.

Said Gregory Winfree of the Texas A&M University Transportation Institute, "The question is how we operate collaboratively when we have a mix of self-driving and manually driven vehicles."

The Society of Automotive Engineers hopes to have a list of autonomous-vehicle standards ready in a few months, to include testing protocols for drivers, emergency-stop button placement standards, and pedestrian warnings about oncoming autonomous vehicles.

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