At Singapore’s Test Center, Self-Driving Cars Battle Fake Monsoons

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The city state can simulate rain and floods to help driverless tech work in tropical weather

In the tropical midday heat, I squint to take in the two-hectare test course before me. Here at Singapore’s autonomous vehicle (AV) test center, there’s no shortage of ways to put driverless vehicles through their paces—with slopes, crosswalks, bus lanes, traffic junctions, and even a crank course consisting of sharp 90-degree turns.

But it’s an unassuming structure at the far end of the center that catches my eye. There stands a thin metal frame nearly 40 meters long, split into

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