Apple more or less confirms autonomous car project in letter to US government | Robotics & Automation News

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Apple is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on US regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles.A five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the company’s most comprehensive statement yet about its interest in self-driving vehicle technology.The November 22 letter followed more than a year of industry speculation about the computer and iPhone maker’s plans for expanding into transportation. Kenner wrote: “The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.“Executed properly under NHTSA’s guidance, automated vehicles have the potential to greatly enhance the human experience – to prevent millions of car crashes and thousands of fatalities each year and to give mobility to those without.”

Source: Apple more or less confirms autonomous car project in letter to US government | Robotics & Automation News

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