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Autonomous Vehicle Weather Testing

Waymo Autonomous Cars Will Undergo Rain Testing in Florida

— August 23, 2019 — Autos
Waymo autonomous cars will undergo heavy rain testing in Florida. Florida was chosen as the location due to the upcoming hurricane season in the area. Waymo autonomous cars will be tested in this environment to see how the vehicles' sensors are able to perform in the extreme weather. The vehicles being tested will still have to be manually driven by human drivers who have undergone training.

Waymo will have both of its cars undergo testing in two Florida locations, in Naples and in Miami. The cars being tested include the Chrysler Pacificas and the Jaguar I-PAce models.

The company intends to determine if its autonomous driving system can operate in extreme rain, and aims to see how reliable the system could be under those conditions. These data points will provide the company with valuable information on its system.


Image Credit: Waymo
Trend Themes
1. Autonomous Vehicle Weather Testing - Opportunity for developing advanced sensor technology for autonomous vehicles to operate in extreme weather conditions.
2. Hurricane Season Testing - Potential innovation in autonomous vehicle technology to ensure safety and performance during hurricane seasons.
3. Sensor Reliability in Extreme Conditions - Opportunity to improve and optimize sensor performance in autonomous vehicles under heavy rain and extreme weather conditions.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive - Opportunity for automotive companies to develop and integrate weather-resistant technology in autonomous vehicles.
2. Insurance - Potential for insurance companies to develop specialized coverage and policies for autonomous vehicles operating in extreme weather conditions.
3. Technology - Opportunity for technology companies to develop advanced sensor systems and algorithms to enhance autonomous vehicle performance in extreme weather conditions.
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