Crucial snow tests of Ford’s autonomous vehicle technology are well underway

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Ford is conducting the industry’s first autonomous vehicle tests in snow-covered environments – a major step in the company’s plan to bring fully autonomous vehicles to customers worldwide.

Unlike other major auto makers and technology companies, which have tested autonomous vehicle technology only in dry, mostly sunny climates, Ford knows the future of autonomous driving cannot rely on ideal weather conditions.

“It’s one thing for a car to drive itself in perfect weather,” said Jim McBride, Ford technical leader for autonomous vehicles. “It’s quite another to do so when the car’s sensors can’t see the road because it’s covered in snow. Weather isn’t perfect, and that’s why we’re testing autonomous vehicles in wintry conditions.”

Ford’s winter weather testing of autonomous vehicles is taking place in the state of Michigan, including at the University of Michigan’s 32-acre, simulated real-world urban environment facility Mcity.

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January 21, 2016

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