With self-driving cars such as Teslas swerving towards pedestrians and bursting into flames, the public needs to be taught how to avoid being hit by an autonomous vehicle. As it turns out, one group has created a IRL safety game where pedestrians attempt to not be flattened by a Tesla.
Shared on Twitter by creators Studio Playfool, the public safety demonstration took place in the English city of Bristol. In the demonstration, participants are tasked with tricking an AI camera to avoid being hit by an imaginary Tesla.
The IRL safety game tasks participants with tracking a goal at the other end of a pedestrian crossing. While being watched by an AI camera, you have to make sure you hit the goal while not being detected, but also make your way there without being turned into mush by Elon Musk’s increasingly dangerous vehicles.
The video shows footage of multiple participants attempting to make their way to the goal. While they are usually detected as 75% pedestrian by the AI camera, moving in weird ways or disguising yourself with objects will almost immediately change the car’s perception of you from pedestrian to nothing.
In order to make their way to the goal without being detected, numerous participants use bicycles, traffic cones, boxes and more to avoid being detected by the camera. In one troubling scenario, a woman used two strollers to get to the goal without a hint of detection. It would appear that self-driving cars will decimate a stroller.
AI-powered vehicles have been a worry of many over the past few years. While Tesla cars have been specifically targeted due to their large number of accidents, they’re not the only vehicles that have issues. Last year, the city of San Francisco slowed to a crawl after every self-driving taxi in the area stopped working in the middle of busy streets.
With self-driving regulations still up in the air, non-profits are working hard to inform civilians about the dangers of autonomous cars.