The systems and methods disclosed herein are configured and/or programmed to allow communication between an autonomous vehicle (AV) and a vulnerable roadway user (VRU). The communication includes a mobile device display using augmented reality (AR).
A VRU may be, according to described embodiments, a pedestrian, bicyclist, individual mobility vehicle user (e.g., a motorcycle, scooter or the like), or another user that may be severely disadvantaged if involved in a collision with an AV or another vehicle. The VRU may, in some aspects, carry on their person and/or otherwise operate a mobile device instantiating an application configured and/or programmed to interact with nearby vehicles, receive map information, and provide information to the VRU that may assist the user in avoiding harmful collision events with the vehicles. Accordingly, the system described in the present disclosure may include the mobile device, which may be associated with the VRU, and adapted for communication with an AV or other vehicle configured and/or programmed to work with the AR systems described herein as the VRU utilizes roadways and sidewalks the same as or proximate to the vehicles.
VRU, new robot euphemism for "bloodbag" or "meatsack".