Whenever we cross the street or wait for the walk signal, we have ingrained behaviors and ways to signal our intent to drivers. Similarly, drivers behave in a way that signals their intents to pedestrians.

When developing automated vehicles, designers and engineers should consider and evaluate how drivers and pedestrians communicate based on each other’s movements. These insights may ultimately be used to help design automated vehicles that are “polite” and “courteous” to the pedestrians with whom they interact.

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