If you thought road rage was bad enough already, it's about to get worse. Google is taking the act of screaming at pedestrians to a whole new level.
Self-driving cars have been under development for a while now, and it looks like they're closer than ever to becoming regulars on the road. But, there are several concerns about driverless cars, one of them being safety for pedestrians.
In the most recent tests, Google's self-driving cars have been tested over 100,000 miles without any accidents. They've even made the cars drive more cautious around kids. That's probably better than most teenage drivers — but still, Google wants to ensure that the cars are even safer.
As an added precaution, Google has filed a patent for high-tech screens and speakers that will allow the cars to communicate with pedestrians. These screens will be capable of flashing messages like "Stop" or "Safe Cross" to notify pedestrians of the car's intentions. Plus, the speakers will vocalize these messages and other warnings.
Ok, it's not really road rage, but it is something new. Pedestrians and cyclists aren't really used to being talked to by cars. It will take some getting used to.