Driverless cars: Researchers disguise themselves as car seats in study

A study testing people’s reactions to self-driving cars used a “ghost driver” to record their reactions.

The University of Nottingham study found that pedestrians trusted certain visual cues more than others when deciding whether to cross the road without a driver.

As part of the study, a car was driven around a university campus for several days with the driver – researcher David R. Large – in the driver’s seat.

“We wanted to explore how pedestrians interact with driverless cars and developed this unique method to explore their responses,” said Mr Large, a senior research fellow in the university’s Human Factors Research Group.

Video Reporter: Alex Thorp

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