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  1. Ford To Begin On-Road Testing Its Autonomous Cars In Europe In 2017

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    Next year, Ford plans to begin on-road testing of the company’s self-driving vehicles in Europe as part of its initiative to have autonomous ride-sharing fleets ready by 2021.

    While the company is already testing its autonomous cars in numerous locations across the United States, 2017 will represent the first time Ford has expanded to Europe.

    “It is important that we extend our testing to Europe,” said Thomas Lukaszewicz, manager for Automated Driving for Ford of Europe. “Rules of the road vary from country to country here, traffic signs and road layouts are different, and drivers are likely to share congested roads with cyclists.”

    For the time being, Ford expects to test its vehicles at the company’s existing engineering centers located in Germany and the United Kingdom.

  2. Now Google’s Autonomous Cars Can Detect a Cyclist’s Hand Signals While Driving

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    Google’s autonomous cars are a lot like toddlers in the fact they are learning new stuff every day, from how to approach a four-way stop to when its appropriate to honk.

    However, unlike toddlers, autonomous cars have the potential to change the world in the matter of a few short years.

    Lately, Google’s autonomous cars have been learning how to deal with cyclists, and specifically how to detect cyclist’s hand signals.

    In order to do this, the vehicles utilize machine learning to memorize signals from previous rides, in addition to 360-degree sensors to detect the specific kind of bike and its rider or riders.

    Google says, “Our cars won’t squeeze by when cyclists take the center of the lane, even if there’s technically enough space.”