Apple Asks California DMV to Make Changes to Autonomous Vehicle Testing Policies

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    Apple has asked the California DMV to alter the rules that require it to publish detailed public reports about the success of Apple's self-driving car tests, according to papers shared by the DMV. If the DMV complies with Apple's request, less information would be included in the reports. [PDF]

    In a letter, Apple says it is "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and goes on to say the company is "excited" about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.

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    One of the SUVs Apple is using to test its autonomous driving software, courtesy of Bloomberg​

    The company then proposes that the DMV "amend or clarify" its positions in the areas of disengagement reporting, definitions, and testing without safety drivers. Apple is concerned that inconsistency in how permit holders reports disengagements can lead to media coverage that causes public confusion and misunderstanding. Apple wants disengagement reports to cover times when a driver takes control of a vehicle to prevent a crash or traffic violation, and little else.
    Apple two weeks ago was granted a permit for testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, and has already begun to do so. The company has three Lexus SUVs equipped with sensors and cameras, presumably running the autonomous driving software the company has been working on for the last several months. Those SUVs have been spotted on Cupertino roads this week.

    By participating in the DMV's Autonomous Vehicle Testing Program, Apple will need to publicly share many details about its testing process, which will make it difficult to keep development on the software under wraps.

    Article Link: Apple Asks California DMV to Make Changes to Autonomous Vehicle Testing Policies
     
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    I'm sure the difference from this and Google's version?


    This version has a MacBook Pro instead of a Dell running the software.
     
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    Sooo Apple wants to remove safety regulations in self driving cars.....

    I hope to God I'm never near one of them on the road then! I do sincerely hope the regulators tell Apple where to go. If others have to follow the rules so can Apple NO EXCEPTION!

    As for: "Apple wants disengagement reports to cover times when a driver takes control of a vehicle to prevent a crash or traffic violation, and little else."

    Is that not an attempt to gag any stories about when these cars screw up and crash? It reads like that to me!
     
  5. dorsal, Apr 28, 2017
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    If Apple can't handle paperwork, they should not be in the car business.
     
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    I think all disengagements should be reported. I especially think if the driver has to take over due to construction workers, etc it should be reported.
     
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    Actually, this is Apple trying to be discreet as possible to avoid publicity and not disclose certain criteria to the DMV.
     
  8. Zirel, Apr 28, 2017
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    Or you could have read the article and understood that this is Apple asking the regulators to cover up loopholes that allows competitors to cheat in tests.
     
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    The difference is that Google's is data mining you, what you say, who you talk to, what you listen to in the car (that you bought) and where you're going - constantly.

    Apple's might offer the service while preserving your privacy. Just a guess.
     
  10. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    My concern is whom Apple is working with and what data they may hand over to others.
     
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    Noooooooope!!! I sincerely hope the DMV tells Apple to pound sand and either follow the policies or exit the autonomous vehicle testing. Less disclosure is not a benefit to anyone. Period.

    There's a reason so much disclosure is required. Public safety. Apple's desire to shape the narrative with selective disclosure shouldn't be given any weight by the DMV. This isn't commodity consumer tech products and shouldn't be treated as such.
     
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    These are exactly the cases where it should be reported...

    Less disclosure in something safety-sensitive is not acceptable. There are literally lives at stake when these products hit the road. Fortunately iTunes has not learned to drive a car yet.
     
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    Cover ups are never good. DMV should deny Apple's request.
     
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    Not sure if you actually read the article. This has nothing to do with closing loopholes or cheating. It's about having the ability to selectively report disengagements. Apple doesn't want to report all of them. Says so right in the article.
     
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    Apple should not get special treatment! They weren't first to this so they have no say
     
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    If it doesn't have a modular Macpro embedded in the dashboard consider me out.
     
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    How so? To me it looks like Apple isn't confident of their tech and doesnt want the media to write negative things about them.
     
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    I disagree - slightly - on this one. In late 2014 & early 2015 I was integrating some high end lab equipment in a location on a major Apple competitors campus. I can't say what it was for, but it wasn't the self-drive program.

    I asked them about their very visible - and at the time, in the news - vehicle program. They were frustrated because all the data they provided was being cherry picked and reports being written by media with only 20% of the available information. What was in the news at the time was essentially click-bait

    "______'s autodrive test cars have been in 6 accidents in the last two years!!"

    Well, the news completely ignored the fact that in none of those were ______'s vehicle found to be at fault. And in only one was it determined that a human operator might have been able to avoid the collision as 4 or 5 of them were strikes from behind by inattentive motorists.

    And all of that was after the test fleet had collectively logged over 1.1 million miles of autonomous driving.

    I say all this, because that was in my mind when I read the article. When looking through that lens, it makes some sense to only have to go "full public" with the most essential bits, even if the DMV still has the rest available on file, or at least requires the company to have it available within 24 hours any time they request it.
     
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    Apple must think the California DMV are run by sheeple for asking this special favor
     
  21. kaneda macrumors 6502

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    You know Tim Cook is liberal and California is liberal state. The answer will always be YES
     
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    You seem to be the only person who read that? Apple has tried to have the safety regulations lowered before so excuse me when I see this as nothing more then another attempt at this.
     
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    So Apple wants special treatment as usual....
     
  24. Stella, Apr 28, 2017
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    Why does Apple always demand different rules? Apple should adapt to current rules rather than demanding rules bending to how they do business. I believe this is called "self-entitlement".
     

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