SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) outlined a strategy to teach operators of self-driving cars in documents published to California regulators earlier this month, the most up-to-date clues to your company's autonomous vehicle technology aspirations.
Apple was granted a permit to examine self-driving cars on April 14 via the California Dmv though the company have not said anything about its plan.
The state released 41 pages of Apple application documents to Reuters giving some clues around the company's highly secret self-driving effort, it has not openly acknowledged.
The iPhone maker joins more information on carmakers, start-ups and technology rivals, including Alphabet's Waymo, that will be testing cars on state roads. Apple is seeking new hit products and autonomous car technology is supposed to revolutionize the conventional auto industry.
As portion of the application, Apple included a 10-page training plan that was regarding operators taking back manual power over the auto during automated driving exercises of your system, who\’s calls an improvement platform.
Apple declined comment after filing.
The plan features a document called "Automated System: Development Platform Specific Training Overview" whose objective is "to teach safety drivers in numerous automated driving conditions."
"Development platform will be controlled electronically (e.g. joystick) and safety drivers should be ready to intervene and assume control," the document reads.
The document highlights different scenarios to be tested, from top speed driving and tight U-turns to lane changes.
One letter sent from Apple to your state Dmv noted that Apple's development platform "will have a way to capture and store relevant data before an accident occurs."
The document will not include detail about Apple's self-driving platform actually works or any other technical details. In addition, it does not say what sort of sensors tend to be found on Apple's three permitted vehicles, all 2019 Lexus model RX450h.
The permit doesn\’t imply that Apple is creating a full car. Apple could instead be designing a self-driving platform that is integrated into other manufacturer's cars.
(Additional reporting By Stephen Nellis; Editing by Peter Henderson and Bill Trott)