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Ford has announced a series of new technology advancements, features and research projects at the Detroit motor show, including a study into how autonomous cars perform in snowy and wintery conditions.

Ford, which has a test fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles, is now testing autonomous vehicles in adverse weather conditions at the Universiy of Michigan’s ‘Mcity’ test facility, a 32-acre site that simulates a real-world urban environment.

The Ford test vehicles involved in the study don’t rely on typical GPS data or laser sensors to help navigate a snow-covered environment, they instead use high-resolution 3D maps that know all about the road and what’s above it, including signs, markings, buildings, landmarks, geography and topography.

This allows the car to know where it is in an environment even if road markings or signs are covered in snow, as it detects landmarks above the ground to pinpoint its exact location.

Read more on their development plans here: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/ford-accelerates-tech-development
 

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Not sure about this - "A new pilot scheme announced today by Ford allows families, neighbours or groups of three to six people to share the lease cost of a Ford vehicle depending on how often they use it. " - I know I wouldn't enter into a lease agreement with my neighbours! What about you?
 
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