Mercedes-Benz Improving Pedestrian Safety with Autonomous Cars

Autonomous vehicles are completely changing the way people interact with cars, and they have been for some years now. However, how those autonomous vehicles interact with pedestrians has been relatively uncharted territory. While the people in the vehicle are typically quite safe while a self-driving model is in operation, the people outside of the car are a different story, namely pedestrians. 

Lakeland Mercedes-Benz fans will be happy to know that their favorite automaker is researching the behavior of pedestrians and how they interact with autonomous cars through the use of what they are calling the “Co-Operative Car,” a modified Mercedes-Benz S-Class fitted with new types of sensors, lighting strips, and speakers.

Why all the literal bells and whistles? The study discovered that pedestrians are much more comfortable around autonomous vehicles when they are clearly marked. A turquoise glow on the test vehicle indicates that there is no human driver in the vehicle, and Mercedes-Benz hopes this will become the international color for self-driving cars, as it does not interfere with traffic lights or emergency vehicles.

The car also would be able to tell a pedestrian when it’s safe to walk in front of the car without fear of something going wrong. Put as simply as possible, these cars are being taught to recognize when they are coming into contact with a human, which is a really neat progression in the arena of self-driving automobiles.

Someday, Mercedes-Benz dealers all over the country will sell cars with these types of capabilities, and here at Fields Motorcars, we are very proud to know that Mercedes-Benz is at the forefront of this movement toward increased safety in autonomous vehicles.

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