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Ford self-driving test van ‘talks’ to pedestrians via light signals

WASHINGTON: Ford Motor and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are testing a way to enable self-driving vehicles to communicate their movements visually to pedestrians, cyclists and to human drivers, the researchers said on Wednesday. The new communications method, which uses simple light signals to depict whether a self-driving vehicle is slowing or accelerating, has the potential to become a universal industry standard in all countries, Ford and institute researchers said. The automaker set out to find “a way to…