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Torc self-driving car dashes through snow

on December 20, 2018

BLACKSBURG, VA – Santa’s reindeer aren’t the only ones nimbly navigating snowy roads. Torc Robotics challenged its Asimov self-driving software system by driving multiple routes in the Blacksburg area during a snowstorm. The trips included everything from highways to downtown streets and country roads. Driving in snow can be treacherous for even the most experienced

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Jim DudleyTorc self-driving car dashes through snow

Torc integrates autonomous vehicle technology in Chrysler Pacifica

on October 11, 2018

BLACKSBURG, VA – Torc Robotics is expanding its commercialization capabilities by integrating its autonomous vehicle technology on a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Torc’s focus since the company was founded has been on saving lives. The company’s technology has done that in mining and defense and now it’s time for that technology to be used on

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Asimov navigates day and night snow scenarios

on May 23, 2018

Those who live in Blacksburg, Virginia, know that winter weather often happens in waves and there are a handful of significant snowfalls per year. While the snow might not accumulate here as much as in northern states, the area’s mountain roads add an additional challenge for those willing to drive in the conditions. Our Asimov

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VIDEO: Torc self-driving car safely navigates public roads during season’s biggest snowfall

on March 21, 2018

It is the second day of spring, but it’s snowing again in Blacksburg, Virginia. Last week Torc Robotics self-driving car, named Asimov, successfully drove on public roads through the area’s biggest snowfall of the season at the time. In this video, the car safely navigates low visibility and challenging road conditions in both urban and

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Jim DudleyVIDEO: Torc self-driving car safely navigates public roads during season’s biggest snowfall

Recap: Torc at CES

on January 23, 2018

We made a big splash at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcasing our Asimov self-driving car system. Here’s a quick recap of the week’s events: Rain or shine, we offered demos throughout the week to consumers, press, and industry partners on the streets of Vegas. AutoWeek: Here’s how the latest autonomous driving systems handle

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Training the “brain” of the self-driving car

on October 5, 2017

When a self-driving car travels down a road, even the simplest environment generates massive amounts of data every minute, as sensors and cameras continually capture a 360-degree view of the car’s surroundings. The “eyes” of our car are composed of radar, LiDAR, and cameras. They work together to collect information about the road in real

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Torc self-driving car summer development highlights

on September 29, 2017

Torc’s self-driving car team had a busy summer as we improved capabilities and expanded testing environments for our autonomous system. Today, we’re releasing a video compilation featuring some of our recent testing and trips over the past few months. The following are some highlights – in all cases, the car is driving completely autonomously. Stop

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Expanding access to transportation through self-driving technology

on September 21, 2017

In 2011, a blind man got into the driver’s seat of a car and drove independently on the road course at the Daytona International Speedway. The car was developed by Torc and Virginia Tech for the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)’s Blind Driver Challenge™—an initiative to build technology that will provide a blind person

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Sharpening the eyes of self-driving cars

on September 15, 2017

Today it’s hard to miss a self-driving car navigating public roads. Most autonomous vehicles, including ours, are outfitted with a myriad of sensors and cameras that allow them to “see” the road and classify pedestrians, lane lines, street signs, lights, traffic cones, and other visual elements that are important for safe driving. Torc’s self-driving cars

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Torc® performs autonomous drive during solar eclipse

on August 21, 2017

Torc Robotics today completed solar eclipse testing on its fleet of self-driving vehicles. The car successfully drove through both highway and urban environments in Blacksburg, Virginia, which experienced a 91 percent eclipse. While a solar eclipse is rare, the testing provided a valuable opportunity to test the technology during changing lighting conditions. Self-driving cars must

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Jim DudleyTorc® performs autonomous drive during solar eclipse