【苹果承认正在积极投入自动驾驶汽车领域的研究】

【苹果承认正在积极投入自动驾驶汽车领域的研究】近日在一访谈中,苹果CEO库克谈到未来汽车行业的三大变化,“自动化”“电气化”和“乘坐式”。而苹果将持续关注“自动化”领域,并认为其是所以人工智能项目最难攻克的一关。不过,关于在自动驾驶汽车领域的苹果布局,库克并没有详细说明。

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608093/apple-finally-admits-it-is-pursuing-technology-for-self-driving-cars/

Apple Finally Admits It Is Pursuing Technology for Self-Driving Cars

Tim Cook says the firm is “focusing on autonomous systems.”

It is no secret that Apple has been sniffing around the automotive sector for several years. But now its CEO, Tim Cook, has finally broken his vow of silence on the topic.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook has explained that he sees “three vectors of change” in the automotive sector—in the shape of autonomy, electrification, and ride-hailing. Combined, he says, they will bring about “a major disruption” in the industry. So far, so insightful, Tim.

But he did go on to explain that Apple is specifically “focusing on autonomous systems” for cars. “It’s a core technology that we view as very important,” he said. “We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It’s probably one of the most difficult AI projects actually to work on.”

In the past, Apple has been considered to be somewhat of a laggard in the race to develop its machine-learning chops. It failed to capitalize on its early successes with Siri, and most of its later consumer products to use AI still play second fiddle to those produced by Google and Facebook. But the recent appointment of the firm’s first AI director, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, suggests that could change.

Cook’s description of Apple’s work on autonomous systems in the automotive sector appears to be deliberately vague. He says that the technologies that it’s working on may include self-driving cars, but he enigmatically also says that there “are others” that he opts not to expand on. What a tease. Nonetheless, Apple is clearly working with sensors and AI software for autonomous vehicles—hell, we’ve even seen them on the roads already.

Interestingly, though, Cook doesn’t commit to what the result of all this secretive work from Apple might look like. “We’re not really saying from a product point of view what we will do,” he explained.

That makes the whole Bloomberg interview rather at odds with what he told MIT Technology Review just last week. Then, he scorned other tech firms for selling “futures” rather than real products. “We are not going to go through things we’re going to do in 2019, ’20, ’21,” he said. “It’s not because we don’t know that. It’s because we don’t want to talk about that.”

Clearly that’s not the case when it comes to autonomous cars.

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https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608093/apple-finally-admits-it-is-pursuing-technology-for-self-driving-cars/

 


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