Although this document is usually quite general and similar between companies, has left us with a number of curious details .
The document, no more than seven pages long, deals with the security process that the company follows to develop its autonomous driving software. It is a kind of “manifesto” in which they commit themselves to the safety of citizens and their workers when operating their vehicles. As we already know, Apple is experimenting with its own autonomous driving software to be implemented in other companies’ vehicles. However, at the moment it is something very diffuse, in the medium term and without official details.
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In the document we have a series of curious facts. For example, Apple explains that it uses different Lexus SUVs equipped with the LIDAR system and submits them to “rigorous verification tests”. Most companies that are starting out in independent driving are opting for Lexus because of the large number of electrical components available and the ease with which they can be modified .
The LIDAR system is just a set of infrared sensors and cameras to detect the distance of objects and recognize them. The Apple document also explains these things, about how the software they have included is able to detect what is around it, like other cars, pedestrians, bicycles…
Some statements we can read in the document:
The company also explains how they implement new functions :
But undoubtedly the most curious thing is how strict they are with the operators and drivers of their autonomous cars. Because no matter how autonomous they are, they continue with a driver in the testing phases:
In fact, all these statements are typical of any company that carries out tests with autonomous cars. However, it “confirms” us a little more the fact that sooner or later we will see an Apple’s own autonomous driving system. How they are going to implement it in the market is something that we will hardly know at the moment. It is expected that the company will take at least another five years until it offers a definitive product-service to the market.