Apple Training Manuals Detail Self-Driving Platform

Posted: Apr 24 2017, 6:23am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

Apple Training Manuals Detail Self-Driving Platform

Manuals show what employees must complete to earn the right to operate Apple's self-driving vehicles

Documents highlighting Apple's training program for employees who will be working on its autonomous car platform have turned up according to MacRumors. The documents are called "Development Platform Specific Training" and reference an "Apple Automated System" along with a "Development Platform."

Apple is rumored to be building a self-driving system after the pans for a fully autonomous vehicle stalled. Clearly Apple is moving forward with some part of that program, there would be no need for a training manual if there wasn't some sort of platform for people to be trained on.

We also know that Apple has obtained a permit from the California DMV for testing self-driving vehicles on public roads. The system that Apple is working on will be tested using a trio of Lexus RX450h SUVs. Each of those test vehicles will be driven by a pair of employees that have machine learning expertise and expertise in other areas according to the DMV.

The leaked training documents suggest that the drivers of the vehicles will need to pass seven tests as part of their training before they can work on the software platform. The outline includes two practice runs and three trials that must be passed. One of those trials is taking manual control of the self-driving platform during a tight u-turn. Others include taking over control during sudden acceleration, sudden braking, and in other situations.

Interestingly the training material claims that the self-driving car will use a Logitech steering wheel and pedals in a drive-by-wire system and supports one user at a time. It's unclear why exactly it wouldn't use the factory steering system. This would imply that the Lexus SUVs are heavily modified for Apple's system.

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