Martti – a self-driving car from Finland designed for icy snow-covered roads

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are testing Martti, an autonomous vehicle specifically programmed to safely navigate roads blanketed in snow.

Built on a Volkswagen Touareg, it’s equipped with a variety of antennas, sensors, cameras, and laser scanners. Most autonomous vehicles rely on Lidar, or Light Detection and Ranging, which doesn’t work very well in snowy or whiteout conditions. Martti is designed to work even when turbulent snow degrades 3D-sensor performance. The team is planning to upgrade the optical components and increase the resolution of the radar. Early next year, Martti will also be able to communicate with existing transport infrastructure via communication modules.

- Digital Trends -

29. 12. 2017