Lyft, the ride-hailing company, has recently patented new technologies that will show safety warnings on autonomous vehicles' windshields to help avoid accidents with other cars or pedestrians.
Lyft's system would display on-screen warnings to pedestrians, cars and cyclists
Projectors and other tech would beam the warnings onto the car's windows or windshields, including things like 'yielding,' 'safe to cross' and other information
The ride-hailing firm has been developing autonomous vehicles since 2017
Soon, Lyft's self-driving cars could warn pedestrians and cyclists when they're about to cross the street.
The ride-hailing giant filed a patent for technology that would display on-screen warnings and other information to other cars, pedestrians and bicycles that it shares the road with.
The patent, which was filed April 23rd but made public on Tuesday, describes what Lyft refers to as an autonomous vehicle system.
By creating a way for autonomous cars to communicate with others in their environment, it could lead to improved safety once the technology becomes more common in the future.
'Traditionally transportation and related services have been provided by a human-operated vehicle,' the patent states.
'Improvements in computer processing have led to increasing efforts to automate more of these services, using autonomous vehicles that do not require a human operator.
'However, integrating these autonomously-provided services into a mixed autonomous and human-operated environment has many challenges.
'Drivers and pedestrians are accustomed to interacting in particular ways, removing a driver from some vehicles can lead to uncertainty and miscommunication,' it continues.
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