Should I stay or should I go? An LED display for driverless cars aims to give pedestrians at a crossing the power to communicate with vehicles, signalling for the vehicles to stop or drive on.
Blink, created by researchers at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, turns the awkward dance of eye and hand gestures that happens when a car slows down while someone is waiting to cross the road into something could understand.
The Blink design integrates an organic light-emitting diode display into the windscreen and rear window of the car and uses light signals to show pedestrians when the car is aware of their presence. If the car’s sensors detect a pedestrian nearby, a figure lights up that mirrors their movements, accompanied by a bleep.