Google patents technology to make autonomous cars more “conscious”.
The patented technology enables autonomous cars to detect special vehicles like police car, ambulance, and a fire truck in their vicinity, and in response modify their instantaneous behavior. For instance, the autonomous vehicle may move to the left lane when it detects that an emergency vehicle is assisting someone in the road’s shoulder.
Publication number: US9213338
Patent Title: Modifying a vehicle state based on the presence of a special-purpose vehicle
Publication type: Grant
Application number: US 14/469,290
Publication date: 15 Dec 2015
Filing date: 26 Aug 2014
Inventors: David Ian Franklin Ferguson
Original Assignee: Google Inc.