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Humans being creatures of habit, this car knows when to indicate.
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A car having driver eye tracking, similar to that used in tiredness detection, GPS route recording and driving control sensors could, with a learnt set of data, predict when a person wants to and does indicate.

Most people drive the same routes so the GPS recording could easily handle this set of indications. For new areas or an unknown route the database of human driver habits will be evoked, indicating via prediction.

Manual control should always be retained as a safety net so the indicator stalk is still there to be used. Any extra use will adjust the behaviour database. If you have done it before it will repeat it, even winking to a friend.

Of course if a driver is totally unsure of the area and nervous, the indicators will be going off left and right, warning other drivers.

But why? No real driving reason other than an interesting exercise in technology application.

wjt, Nov 16 2018


       Can a behaviour be measure in bytes? Kilo for reflexes, Tera and Peta for complex actions.
wjt, Nov 16 2018

       [-], I'm sorry to say.   

       First, anyone driving this type of car will quickly drop the habit of indicating manually, meaning that they will fail to indicate either when they're in a situation the software doesn't predict, or when they're in a different car.   

       First-and-a-halfth, the software might indicate a turn when I have no intention of making a turn, leading another driver to think he can pull out into my lane. That could be bad.   

       Second, most of the times when I indicate are not for a predictable turn. I might indicate to show an oncoming driver that I'm about to tuck in on my side so he can pass; I might indicate because I'm about to overtake; I might indicate because I'm in the wrong lane approaching a roundabout and want to move over.   

       Third, even for turns, my timing depends on circumstances. For instance, I might indicate early in some situations (say, if another driver is right on my tail) or late in others.   

       So, just no.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 16 2018

       Do I want a true A.I.?. Well, if I did, I would definitely want one to predict my behaviour so it doesn't hurt me.   

       [Max] All valid points to be incorporated in the database of situations just as in the human mind.
wjt, Nov 17 2018

       CRs smart enough to pull this off reliably are smart enough to do the driving, methinks.
RayfordSteele, Nov 17 2018

       Currently we are at a stage where the human driver has to spot for the computer. I suppose these systems don't observe and learn from the human in manual mode? even as a database sent to lab for better code.
wjt, Nov 18 2018

       An indicator in the middle of the front of the car and ditto the back.   

       It would let people know "I'm not going to turn right or left, as apposed to people who can't be arsed to use the indicators".
not_morrison_rm, Nov 18 2018

       [not_morrison_rm] The hazard circuit would be apt. Maybe it will be the modern man with a flag for Autonomous vehicles.
wjt, Nov 19 2018

       Does indicate in English English mean blink in American?
pashute, Nov 19 2018

       Would you get the "Gor, just had that [insert name of famous person] in the back" patter from an AI taxi?   

       //Does indicate in English English mean blink in American?   

       NB Dunno, but try "British English" as it'll get all recursive, and "American English".   

       NNB I haven't "blinkers" in a while, except for on a horse.
not_morrison_rm, Nov 19 2018

       Aren't those blinders? I don't know of any blinders on cars, but I see them often on pedal bikes at night.
notexactly, Dec 04 2018

       I thought of a completely different and closely related item last night. Driverless cars see other cars and predict them, the earlier and more accurate the prediction the more time to adjust the driverless cars angle and velocity.   

       Driverless cars could look at human drivers of other cars for tells, that is perhaps there forearm moves slightly before the turn signal is activated, and perhaps the first 2-3 inches of steering wheel moves before the car moves. In my mind at least I had AI observing drivers through their windshields up to a full second of extra notice for movement surprises.
beanangel, May 07 2021


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