Google has filed a patent to solve another problem that most of us didn't realize we have (yet).
In its development of autonomous vehicles, the big G has realized that without a driver to signal (or make eye contact), it could be hard for other drivers or pedestrians to understand the intentions of a self-driving car.
So what does the world's leading employer of smart engineers do about this?
They develop a solution and file a patent, of course!
Google's new patent filing describes how its cars could carry cameras, signal lights and displays to help communicate what the onboard computer needs its fellow motorists and pedestrians to know about its next moves. It also includes the possibility of speakers that can be used to broadcast audio messages to cars and people nearby.
As the Washington Post's Matt McFarland details: "Perhaps most interesting is the potential use of a robotic hand and eyes to gesture at pedestrians and make them aware that the car "sees" them."