The head of Apple’s Ai research team Ruslan Salakhutdinov unveiled last week what his team has discovered in years of research. While some findings are not spectacular, others show that Apple may be on the path of inventing the self-driving dream car.
Salakhutdinov said the company now has a system that uses sensors and cameras that can detect even some of the trickiest obstacles on the road. For instance, the system can detect raindrops that obstruct the car cameras’ lenses.
The system can also spot a person trying to cross the road even when that person is hidden by a parked vehicle. Apple’s incoming driverless cars will sport simultaneous localization, can create on-the-spot 3-D maps, and can make decisions in critical situations.
Apple Becoming More Transparent
It remains unclear if the iPhone maker plans to include all these new technologies in its self-driving cars. For the moment, it remains focused on a project that will create self-driving employee shuttles.
Industry analysts don’t expect Apple to commercialize the cars, but outsourcing work to third-parties would be highly unusual for the tech giant which would rather create everything in-house.
However, the fact that Apple has opened up on its driverless projects is notable. It remains unclear how much more the company has in store. Salakhutdinov’s revelations show that the company has chosen transparency over its well-known secrecy.
However, that decision was not entirely voluntary. Because of its policies that involves secrecy, many AI researchers have picked companies that can offer them academic recognition to work for. Transparency episodes like that could entice Apple’s AI team to remain on board and attract new researchers to the team.
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