“When heavy rain or snow falls, the LIDAR radar system and the cameras on an autonomous car experience a lot of interference. This leads all sorts of problems and blinds a car’s sensors. Automakers are currently trying to create systems that can still get the necessary data required to safely operate the car despite inclement weather situations.
Science News interviewed John Leonard of MIT, who said that this is a huge challenge for automakers. “Modern algorithms run on data, Leonard told the publication. “It’s their fuel. I’ve seen promising results for rain, but snow is a hard one.””