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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 driver.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 24 percent of weather-related crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement.

Torc’s self-driving software system was successful despite snow-covered road markings, tracks from previous vehicles that weren’t centered in the lane, and frozen precipitation that obscured the roof-mounted cameras. Torc’s sensor system also was able to distinguish falling snow from actual objects in the road.

Torc has been developing self-driving vehicle technology since 2005. The company previously implemented its technology in two Lexus RX vehicles, nicknamed Asimov. The vehicles successfully logged robotic testing in more than 20 states while operating on both public roads and closed courses with zero accidents. Torc’s autonomous vehicle technology has successfully navigated heavy urban traffic, aggressive tailgating, heavy rains, snow and highway detours.

Torc’s technology is based on commercially-proven systems the team has developed over the past decade for safety-critical applications such as mining and defense.

About Torc Robotics

Torc Robotics, headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, offers a complete autonomous software solution for mobility applications like self-driving cars and transit by working with partners in automotive, transit and technology. Torc also provides self-driving technology in safety-critical environments like defense, mining, and agriculture. Founded in 2005, Torc has integrated its self-driving solutions on ground vehicles ranging from SUVs to 300-ton mining trucks.

Torc’s self-driving cars, nicknamed Asimov, successfully logged robotic testing in more than 20 states while operating on both public roads and closed courses with zero accidents. The testing included a coast-to-coast trip across the United States and extensive driving in densely-packed streets such as those located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Torc recently announced a new demo platform with commercially viable components implemented on a Chrysler Pacifica.

Video compiled using footage from Torc team members’ cameras, cell phones, and Asimov’s roof-mounted camera.

Jim DudleyTorc self-driving car dashes through snow

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