With all the current talk and opinions from pundits on autonomous cars.
Ever wonder how these vehicle would behave in winter, or even inclement weather?
The current driver aids shut down when the climatic conditions are not auspicious or block certain sensors.
Smart Cruise Controls in a driving rain stop functioning, and will alert the driver. Obvious that snow is even worse.
We all know, at highway speeds a good amount of snow, slush accumulates on the front (bumper-grille) of any vehicle.
Lane Departure is the same, if the sensors no longer see the lines on the road to verify the location of the vehicle.
Fascinating that in Canada all the conversations of autonomous vehicles overlook the reality that we have snow, slush, feezing rain for several months of the year. The highway (401) that connects the 2 most populous cities (Montreal-Toronto), as well as one of the busiest border crossing further west (Detroit) in winter is always affected by unpredictable conditions.
Will autonomous systems comprehend climatic and snow/ice/slush conditions better than humans? What do you think?
At some point in time we will have autonomous vehicles in Canada, that will be fully autonomous for 6 months of the year.