Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a self-driving car that handles Michigan winters. The project is highlited on Lansing State Journal (http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2017/01/11/msu-self-driving-car-handles-michigan-winters/96409064/).
The project is part of MSU's Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety program (CANVAS) program led by Hayder Radha, a professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Cameras are used in most autonomous vehicles to detect the lanes on the road, but their manufacturers didn't account adequately for inclement weather or glare, which can cause camera detection to fail and lead to accidents.
Prof. Radha, director of CANVAS, and his team solved this problem by outfitting a self-driving car with sensors and laser radars that can detect static objects around it as it drives, recognizing the difference between the roadway, sidewalk, trees and buildings it passes. The data collected will be able to tell the car where to drive, even more accurately than a human driver. The team has tested the car on a snow-covered track at Spartan Speedway in Delhi Township. They will display the car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.