Google Self-Driving Cars Can Now Understand Cyclists' Hand Signals

Probably better than humans do

Prototype Google Self-Driving Car
Prototype Google Self-Driving CarGoogle

Google might be a hand above its self-driving car competitors, at least when it comes to dealing with cyclists on the road.

A new report from the company says the cars, which spent the last month learning hand signals used by cyclists, can now interpret them and consider them when navigating the road, according to a June report of activity from Google.

Google first teased this capability's potential back in 2014, and you can check out coverage from Gizmag here.

It's a step forward for cyclist safety: innumerable deaths and injuries happen each year because human drivers don't know how to safely navigate and share a road with a cyclist.

Of course, on the other side of the equation, cyclists will have to be careful to signal their intentions.