Apple uses Logitech steering wheels and pedals to control autonomous cars

Apple uses Logitech steering wheels and pedals to control autonomous cars

0 comments 📅25 April 2017, 11:45

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple outlined a outline to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month, the latest clues to the entourage’s autonomous vehicle technology aspirations. Apple was granted a permit to test self-driving cars on April 14 by the California Worry of Motor Vehicles but the company has never said anything about its plan.

The situation released 41 pages of Apple application documents to Reuters that accord some clues about the company’s highly secret self-driving venture, which it has never openly acknowledged. The iPhone maker joins a long file of carmakers, start-ups and technology rivals, including Alphabet’s Waymo, that are testing cars on national roads. Apple is looking for new hit products and autonomous car technology is expected to revolutionize the standard auto industry.

As part of the application, Apple included a 10-page training lay out that appeared to be related to operators taking back manual control of the car during automated driving exercises of the modus operandi, which it calls a development platform. Business Insider reports that Apple engineers riding in the help seats have the ability to take over control of the car using off-the-shelf steering in and pedal video game controllers from Logitech.

Apple declined comment beyond the filing.

The project includes a document called “Automated System: Development Platform Specific Training Overview” whose open-minded is “to train safety drivers in various automated driving conditions.”

“Development podium will be controlled electronically (e.g. joystick) and safety drivers must be ready to elapse and take control,” the document reads. The document highlights different scenarios to be tested, from lofty speed driving and tight U-turns to lane changes.

One letter sent from Apple to the form Department of Motor Vehicles noted that Apple’s development platform “desire have the ability to capture and store relevant data before a collision occurs.”

The corroborate does not include detail on how Apple’s self-driving platform actually works or other intricate details. It also does not say what kind of sensors are found on Apple’s three permitted vehicles, all 2015 Lexus paragon RX450h.

The permit does not necessarily mean that Apple itself is building a crammed car. Apple could instead be designing a self-driving platform that can be integrated into other maker’s cars.

(By Alexandria Sage. Additional reporting By Stephen Nellis; Editing by Peter Henderson and Pecker Trott)

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