Rumors of a self-driving car have surrounded Apple recently. It's still unclear whether or not the company will build an entire car, but the fact that the company is interested in technologies that support self-driving cars and autonomous driving is now clear!
Apple confirmed that the company views autonomous systems as a major area of interest. If any such product is created, it will likely be more than a few years from now.
Apple’s interest in machine learning is a hot topic lately. Machine learning is the main key component of a self-driving car.
A related machine learning technology that Apple wants for the iOS is the Vision framework, which lets third-party apps scan images and video to detect and identify objects in them. That’s clearly another core feature that you’d need for autonomous driving systems, as it would enable detecting other vehicles, pedestrians, lane markers, and so on. A quick look at the features of that Vision framework shows functions for detecting a horizon and tracking objects, both of which would be pretty handy for a self-driving car.
There will be challenges, everything from service to software updates would likely require an entirely new business model, but for a company as focused on the big picture as Apple, there would seem to be no greater challenge than trying to reinvent yet another device that has changed all of our lives to such a large degree.
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