Driving in the Snow

Big news in the self-driving car world from Ford Motor Company:

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is breaking away from other autonomous car developers in a major way. The company is testing its self-driving car in snow condition, thus becoming the first of autonomous vehicle developers to take on such a challenge. Others such as Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Google have mostly been testing their autonomous vehicle prototypes in dry, sunny weather conditions.

Testing an autonomous car in winter weather presents a greater but necessary challenge. The challenge is that the sensors used to keep autonomous vehicles on the road can hardly work unless the road and the environment of the vehicle are clear for better visibility. However, when it is raining or snowing and the lanes aren’t clear, maintaining a fully autonomous vehicle on the road and within the safety parameters becomes a herculean task.

Originally published at www.davidincalifornia.com on January 12, 2016.

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