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Topic Title: Driverless cars.
Topic Summary: Roundabouts.
Created On: 12 November 2016 12:57 PM
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 12 November 2016 12:57 PM
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I have been watching one of those American programmes about guys in vans trying to buy tat to sell at a profit, only I was looking at the roads rather than the tat. Then I had a look on Google Earth at a few Midwest American towns laid out in neat grids, as is the whole countryside.

What I failed to see are roundabouts on American roads.

So if driverless cars are designed for roads without roundabouts can the be used on UK roads?

When four cars are pulled up at the white lines on a roundabout one of the drivers has to sense what the intentions of the other drivers are from their positions on the junction and visual stimuli from trying to make eye contact or just checking they have looked your way, so are aware of your presence. This may be aided by the use of turn indicators, though some drivers don't seem to know what the lever on the steering column is for.

Can technology designed for roads without roundabouts cope with these on UK roads and spot the safe opportunity to pull out?


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