If you were walking outside this past weekend trick-or-treating with your kids, you were probably on high alert for drivers. If so, that was smart.
Studies have found that drunk-driving accidents on Halloween go up 4.5 times when it falls on a Saturday, as it did this year. Which is one more reason a lot of parents are longing for the day when smart cars are driving themselves.
Autonomous, or driverless, cars like the Google Self-Driving Car are armed with sensors and 360-degree-view cameras that can often spot potential accidents better than humans can. Not to mention impaired humans.
To that end, Google is thinking about your kids as it continues its nearly 1-million-mile road test of its Google Self-Driving Cars. In fact, those cars already know how to spot a kid, including their unpredictable movements, and sometimes being obscured behind other cars because of their small size.
Google revealed on its blog just before Halloween that it had some of its employees' kids help it improve its cars ability to identify kids. They had kids in Halloween costumes hang around parked Google cars, so the cars could better understand the kids' movements and actions. That's comforting.