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Pedestrian notification methods in autonomous vehicles for multi-class mobility-on-demand service

MIT, September 1, 2016

In this paper, we describe methods of conveying perception information and motion intention from self driving vehicles to the surrounding environment. One method is by equipping autonomous vehicles with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) strips to convey perception information; typical pedestrian-driver acknowledgement is replaced by visual feedback via lights which change color to signal the presence of obstacles in the surrounding environment. Another method is by broadcasting audio cues of the vehicle’s motion intention to the environment.

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