After nearly two years of rumors surrounding the tech giant’s foray in the self-driving cars, or vehicles, Apple has formally announced its intentions to do so. In a letter that was just released from Apple, Steve Kenner, Director of Product Integrity at Apple, has announced plans that Apple has made to start the research and, thereby, development into the creation of vehicles that can drive themselves.
In the letter, Apple confirms that it is interested and invested in many different applications that could make use of machine learning. Referencing its recent developments into machine learning, Apple states, that it is “excited about the potential of automated systems in … transportation”.
While the letter doesn’t contain much in the way of describing the car, if it is going to be a car, Apple seems to be in a hurry. The letter is asking for expedited review processes and exemptions to provide Apple time to quickly develop its autonomous vehicle offering.
Apple joins a host of other companies such as Uber, Tesla and Otto who each are racing to get the first fully autonomous vehicles out on the road. While each has currently been able to automate part of the driving experience, none has yet been able to fully automate the experience from driveway to driveway.
Self-driving cars are expected to radically alter how we transport ourselves. Better travel times, less traffic and fewer fatalities are but some of the benefits expected from them.
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