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Apple Hints at its Plans for Working on Autonomous Vehicles

In a letter sent to the NHTSA, Apple discusses the government’s regulations for autonomous vehicles and reveals that the company have been investing heavily in such sectors. Read on for more details.

It’s been long rumoured that Apple, the
company known for its smartphones and computers, has been working on autonomous vehicles. Although, until now, the scarcity of reliable proofs hindered these speculations’ certainties. However, as it turns out, Apple is
indeed brainstorming ideas for such projects for months and has recently sent a letter to thevgovernment regarding guidelines for developing
self-driving automobiles.

The five-page letter was sent by Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, to thebNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mentioning that the company is “investing heavily” in the autonomous as well asnmachine learning sectors.
The draft further asks the US regulators to ease the testing of suchbprojects stating “established manufacturers and
new entrants should be treated equally.” and discusses comprehensively the wide potential of
the industry for preventing critical accidents and fatalities.

Though, it doesn’t entirely verify Apple’s vehicle project, which is reportedly being referred as “Project Titan”, the letter does significantlybshowcase the company’s interest in thebtechnology. The major concern raised after thebrapid rise of these autonomous vehicles is the thousands of jobs which will be scrapped off. Emphasising on that, the document suggestsBNHTSA should consider “the impact of automated vehicles on the public good, including their consequences for employment andbpublic spaces.”


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