December 1, 2023 9:23 am

In some municipalities, driverless car testing is permitted even though it increases the danger of crossing the street. London, where such testing isn’t always an option, locals have turned avoiding detection by self-driving cars into a game. How (Not) To Get Hit By A Self-Driving Car challenges players to cross a mocked-up crosswalk without being detected by a person-sensing camera. The game’s creators aim to make winning increasingly difficult, modeling various unpredictable scenarios that could happen in real life to train self-driving car systems.

Although they’re unsure if self-driving firms use similar pedestrian detection methods, the anonymized footage collected during the game could still be valuable for research or to provide a chuckle for engineers. Despite the potential dangers of driverless cars, this game shows that there are ways to use technology for fun and educational purposes while also raising awareness about important safety issues.

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