Driverless cars: How Scottish scientists can help cyclists avoid crashes with autonomous vehicles

Scottish researchers have been donning gaming headsets, pedalling around Glasgow, creating light displays and dressing up in odd costumes – all in the name of science.

The activities are just part of a day’s work at the University of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science, where academics have been investigating ways to improve safety for cyclists sharing roads with the self-driving cars of the future.

Their experiments focused on external human-machine interfaces – known as eHMIs – devices that use screens or lights to display information and can be added to surfaces like car doors or roofs to communicate with anyone nearby. The team wanted to test whether the tech could be used to quickly and reliably signal the ‘intentions’ of driverless cars to bike riders, helping to avoid accidents.

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