A new patent filed by Alphabet (formerly Google) explains how Google cars will assess threats and communicate with other drivers and pedestrians. Alphabet says it may equip its autonomous cars with sensors that can detect objects around them, namely, pedestrians attempting to cross the street. The patent suggests that Alphabet has figured out a way for its autonomous cars to deal with aggressive drivers, too.
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Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an effort to turn the car into the equivalent of an intelligent assistant. Toyota believes the day when cars are able to drive entirely by themselves is unlikely to arrive within the next decade.