Apple Accidentally Reveals Its Secret Team Of Self-Driving Car Experts


Apple’s self-driving car project remains mysterious as the company refuses to give out any details but it is no secret that the program has been running for a few years now. Despite Apple great attempts to keep the project and its details secretive, the cover has been blown revealing a team of NASA veterans and robotics experts that Apple has recruited to work on the project.

Business Insider reports that it obtained an Apple filing through a public-records request that revealed Apple’s self-driving car project details giving the first look at the technology. While the details of the technology were supposed to be revealed, the team behind it was not. The filing mentions six individuals that Apple named as official “drivers/operators” of the autonomous vehicles.

The permits for testing the self-driving cars were obtained just this month, and the filing with California Department of Motor Vehicles includes a lot of details of the technology including a brief description of the automated system, and the training program that the test vehicle operators will go through.

A California DMV spokesperson said that the names of the team were not supposed to be revealed, and requested that they are not published. Apple’s efforts in developing its self-driving car technology look very fine as the team is made up of NASA experts, people with PhDs in robotics, and other related areas. All the people on the list show no public association with Apple anywhere.

The company has never publicly acknowledged that it is working on a self-driving car project. As Apple managed to obtain the permits for testing on California roads, it has joined the tight competition of the similar tech giants like Google, Uber, and Tesla.

Wall Street Journal mentions that using senior level engineers and PhDs to operate the cars is an indication that the project is in its early development stages. In all previous such projects like that of Google spin-out Waymo, the senior level staff deals with operations only until the software becomes stable enough. An industry insider has mentioned that the entire team is working under the command of Professor Ruslan Salakhutdinov who is the company’s first-ever Director of Artificial Intelligence. He has been with the company since October 2016.

Read the source article at Wonderful Engineering.