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Winter's a bummer for drivers — and for self-driving technology

from Toronto Star

Google's artificial intelligence system will be interpreted as a driver by federal regulators, a step toward compliance that would help the tech giant's self-driving cars eventually hit U.S. roads. But while the technology may be on the verge of working fine in California, it's probably a long way from being good enough for Canadian-style winter driving conditions. In Jokkmokk, a tiny hamlet just north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, where temperatures can dip to -45C, Volvo Cars' self-driving XC90 sport-utility vehicle met its match: Frozen flakes that caked on radar sensors essential to reading the road. more

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