Google Self-Driving Cars Will Hit the Road in AZ to Test in Heat, Dust

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:48 PM

"The Phoenix area has distinct desert conditions, which will assistance us better realize how our sensors and cars handle extreme temperatures and dust in the air," Jennifer Haroon, head of business operations for the Google Self-Driving Car project, said in a statement.

Google Self-Driving Cars Will Hit the Road in AZ to Test in Heat, Dust

Google'south self-driving cars will be keep to the test in Phoenix, Arizona -- a space singled out for its extreme heat and dusty desert air.

"The Phoenix area has distinct desert conditions, which will assistance us better realize how our sensors and cars handle extreme temperatures and dust in the air," Jennifer Haroon, head of business operations for the Google Self-Driving Car project, said in a statement. "Driving in new cities enables our engineers to further refine our software and adapt to these different environments.”

Haroon said over the past few days, Google'south test drivers have taken four Lexus RX450h SUVs around the Phoenix area to create a detailed map of the streets, including information such as lane markers, traffic signals, curb heights and other information to assistance the autonomous vehicles navigate the area.

The cars will soon be driving the roads in Arizona, with a human driver on board and prepared to get over if anything should go wrong, she said.

Phoenix is the third test location exterior of Google'south Mountain View, California, headquarters where the autonomous vehicles are being keep to the test in a variety of different travel conditions. Google also tests in Austin, Texas, and Kirkland, Washington, which was added earlier this year for its rainy weather and hills.

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