Not a driver’s favourite exercise, navigating snowy roads is a particularly tough test even for the most battle hardened road warrior. And so it may prove for our AI counterparts, as Ford have announced it’s plans to orchestrate snow specific road tests for its driverless fleet.
Taking place in Michigan, these exercises will test the drone car’s ability to help drivers deal with reduced visibility, and counteract the terrifying ordeal of slippage due to snow and ice. Although visibility may seem a human failing, the exercises will also investigate how snow flurries and fog affect and impinge on the reliability of cameras, sensors and visual technology used by these cars to simulate our own senses. The first of their kind, these tests will take place in MCity, a 32-acre fake city, designed for testing just these sorts of autonomous vehicles, with little to no risk to the public.