By Evan Williams Forget the moose test, Volvo’s latest problem is the ‘roo test.
One of the biggest challenges in the development of autonomous cars is spotting and reacting to animals. Buildings, cars, and pedestrians are all relatively easy to spot, and they mostly look and move in similar ways. Wildlife is a bit more of a challenge.
During testing in Sweden, Volvo’s autonomous cars have had to face deer, elk, and caribou. The Volvo system can handle those just fine, but David Picket, Volvo’s technical manager for Australia, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that Australian wildlife is posing a whole new set of challenges.
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