Google driverless car division invents technology for automatically detecting police cars

This May 13, 2015 file photo shows Google's new self-driving car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif.


Google is creating sensors that will enable its driverless cars to automatically detect police vehicles in the area, documents have indicated.

Self-driving cars will be installed with technology that can identify approaching police cars and trigger an alert so that Google's vehicles can move out of the way or pull over to be questioned.

In a US patent filing, the internet giant has imagined a system that can recognise emergency services’ flashing lights. The sensorswould identify red or blue colours, as well as the flashing sequence, to automatically detect police vehicles.

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