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posted by hubie on Saturday November 19, @12:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the you-don't-need-a-weatherman-to-know-which-way-the-wind-blows dept.

https://www.howtogeek.com/848711/waymos-self-driving-taxis-are-becoming-meteorologists/

The Alphabet company announced that the latest version of the sensor array on its autonomous vehicles — using a combination of cameras, radar, and lidar — is able to measure weather conditions the car may face, specifically the intensity of rain drops (or lack thereof), as well as fog. It would turn the vehicles into, as the company puts it, "mobile weather stations."

This doesn't mean you'll be seeing a Waymo car giving out the weather on your local TV station anytime soon, but it will help the robotaxis make real-time decisions in adapting to the weather conditions on the ground. It's being tested to begin with in Phoenix and San Francisco, two very different climates.

But since the sensors ostensibly turn the vehicles into amateur meteorologists, Waymo is also able to use the data to create real-time weather maps on conditions like the progression of coastal fogs, as well as light drizzles that a radar might miss.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 19, @10:28PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 19, @10:28PM (#1280554)

    What do you think is the likelihood that they would make this data (position, time, and sensor data) available? It would be pretty neat to play with it.

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