Apple is Asking California DMV to Consider Changes in Self-Driving Car Testing Policies

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It is not a secret at this point that Apple is testing some kind of self-driving car software in the state of California.

In fact, just recently we were gifted with photographs of the Lexus-branded SUVs the company is using in California to test that software. Before that we saw what was reported to be the training program that Apple uses before allowing people to test out their software in those Lexus vehicles.

Now, Reuters reports that Apple is asking the California state Department of Motor Vehicles to make changes in proposed self-driving car testing policies:

To be specific, as shared by Kif Leswing on Twitter, Apple writes in a company letter that it 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.”

“To support ongoing research and testing, Apple proposes that California DMV amend or clarify its positions in the areas of disengagement reporting, definitions, and testing without safety drivers.”

Going further than that, Apple appears to think that the current policies that are in place will not help convince the public that self-driving vehicles are safe, and that these changes that Apple wishes to implement will help with that:

“Apple believes that public acceptance is essential to the advancement of automated vehicles. Access to transparent and intuitive data on the safety of the vehicles being tested will be central to gaining public acceptance. However, the current and proposed disengagement reporting requirements do not achieve this result.”

You can read the full document through the California DMV’s website below.

[via @ReutersTech; @kifleswing; CA DMV]

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