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July 14, 2017

Strange But True!

Q. The technology behind self-driving “robotic” vehicles is getting better and better at detecting other cars, trucks and vans, and now even pedestrians, squirrels and birds. But it still faces a daunting challenge from the lightest and quietest vehicles. Got a guess?

A. Add the swerviest vehicles and you'll likely know that bicycles are the answer. Enclosed vehicles are big and easy to see and their pathways are easy to predict, says Peter Fairley in IEEE Spectrum magazine. Bicycles, on the other hand, are small, fast and heterogeneous.

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