TomTom releases new tech for autonomous vehicles to better manage roads and weather
Despite reservations regarding the safety of self-driving automobiles, there's an anxiousness to see them on the road, not just for novelty, but for traffic abatement.
September 3, 2020
Autobahn, Germany. Hana Highway, Maui. Pacific Coast Highway. Tianmen Mountain Winding Road, China. Tichka, Morocco. Furka Pass, Switzerland.
All roads are not created the same, and autonomous cars will not be able to maneuver every street punched into its GPS. Consider a tourist's San Francisco rental car, on its way to the most popular city sights. The most lauded sights will be on the itinerary, and invariably, that's likely to include the world's most crooked street, the uneven brick-paved Lombard Street. Would you even dare attempt it? What if that tourist car was scheduled to head east, to view the deep icy blue waters of Lake Tahoe? There may be a chilly winter wind in San Francisco, but now consider copious amounts of snow.
Now imagine that car as self-driving.
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