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Ford tests autonomous vehicles in snow at Mcity facility

It’s a perennial complaint from drivers in cold locations: “People from [place where temperatures are warmer] don’t know how to drive in snow! One flake lands, and [people who live in warm place] go crazy!” In this age of driverless vehicles, however, that observation must be updated: “Cars with no drivers from [warm place] don’t know how to handle snow!” That’s why Ford is testing their autonomous vehicles in the snow at the Mcity facility at the University of Michigan, the industry’s first inclement-weather tests. Mcity is a 32-acre simulated town, complete with streets, buildings, and a variety of driving challenges such as roundabouts and parking lots.

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