Self-driving cars are all the buzz these days. First came cars that don’t need fuel to work the drive train, next came cars that don’t need fuel at all and now come cars that won’t even need drivers. Even though this is a fairly new field of scientific and computer AI application, with its many ethical dilemmas and consequences, there is still a great deal of interest in the matter.
Company’s such as Google and Uber are already testing and competing, their self-driven cars. New technologies, such as the LIDAR, have been developed to further the research and development in this field. Now, Apple wants in on this new field of technology and have been given a permit to test their vehicles in California. Apples self-driving car, codenamed project Titan, has been kept rather secretive and has never been formally acknowledged.
It is now being reported that, rather than to develop a self-driving car of its own, Apple now wants to focus on developing software for self-driving cars. According to the California DMC, Apple has three 2015 Lexus RX crossovers registered through the autonomous driving permit.
To test autonomous vehicles, the California DMV requires companies to register for autonomous driving permit report their disengagement rates to the DMV, so that they can be made public. It is believed that it was because of this that Uber could not obtain the permit. It has been stated in the past by Apple that they are;
investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.
Whether they plan to run tests on vehicles to produce such autonomous cars themselves or to simply develop software for existing autonomous vehicles, is yet to be revealed. California, however, has grown to accommodate several interested parties, such as Google and Uber to their autonomous driving permit.