One of the toughest situations for autonomous cars to deal with is when something unexpected happens.
This can include temporary lane closures, diversions, and situations where a police officer is directing traffic with hand signals. The latter is now something Waymo’s autonomous cars can deal with. The new skill is shown off in a video published to Waymo’s YouTube account this week, embedded below.
As Waymo explains in the video description: “The video shows Waymo’s self-driving car approaching a traffic light that is not working. The car comes to a stop before entering the intersection and waits for the officer signal that we can proceed.”