Should Pedestrians Wear Radar Reflectors So Self-Driving Cars Can See Them?

We have often complained about the campaigns to shift the responsibility for squishing pedestrians from the driver to the walker, whether it is a “do the bright thing” campaign or making pedestrians wave flags when they cross the street. We are not supposed to go out and at night without reflectors, vests, and flashlights or we deserve what we get. And if you think that is bad, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

Treehugger emeritus Matthew Sparkes, now writing for New Scientist, points to a study out of Princeton University which proposes REITS (Reflective Surface for Intelligent Transportation Systems) to make pedestrians visible to self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs).