QR Codes Can Guide Google’s Driverless Car

Google’s latest patent “Transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode” includes QR Codes on the road encoded with address or position information that can used by the driverless vehicle (image below). Google calls them ‘reference indicators’ and goes on to say that they are not limited to QR Codes but may be RFID, NFC or any device that can provide unique data. The QR Codes in the patent diagrams decode as a text string “Millenium Park 55 N Michigan Ave Chicago, Illinois 60601”

Diagram from Google's patent showing a QR Code

2 thoughts on “QR Codes Can Guide Google’s Driverless Car”

  1. I have to agree that being able to operate an unmaned vehicle is pretty amazing for qr technology. I think that it’s destined for failure out of the gate though simply taking into account the shear number of codes that will need to be displayed everywhere + the realization that dirt will effect the scanner + the added cost of cleaning crews to keep the codes readable.

    At any rate, good idea, but back to the drawing board. 🙂

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