Waymo driverless cars now understand hand signals from police officers

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.”