【苹果公司推进自动驾驶项目:自动驾驶汽车车队已扩大到55辆】

【苹果公司推进自动驾驶项目:自动驾驶汽车车队已扩大到55辆】据外媒报道,DMV的最新数据显示了苹果公司目前“泰坦”项目的推进,在加州的自动驾驶汽车数由今年一月的27量增至55辆,但是目前苹果公司并未申请无人驾驶测试许可证。最近一项专利显示,苹果正在着力设计汽车内部空间,通过虚拟现实“娱乐中心”革新乘客的旅行时光,并用屏幕取代车窗以防止乘客晕车,另外还研发带有运动传感器的座椅。

Apple is still extremely secretive about its self driving car plans - but new figures from the DMV have revealed just how advanced they are.

The new figures, obtained by MacReports, show Apple has 55 vehicles and 83 drivers under its permit to test autonomous vehicles.

This makes is the second highest permit holder, with more cars on the road that Waymo and Tesla, with only GM having more with 104.

However, the DMV also told MacReports Apple has not applied for a driverless testing permit, which the DMV recently began issuing.

The new figures, obtained by MacReports, show Apple has 55 vehicles and 83 drivers under its permit to test autonomous vehicles. This makes is the second highest permit holder, with more cars on the road that Waymo and Tesla, with only GM having more with 104.

The company has been gradually ramping up its focus on autonomous vehicles.

Apple chief Tim Cook gave a rare glimpse into the company's self-driving car efforts in 2016, when Cook referred to autonomous vehicles as the 'mother of all' artificial intelligence projects.

He reiterated that idea when speaking with investors last August.

'We do have a large project going and are making a big investment in this,' Cook said.

'The autonomous systems can be used in a variety of ways and a vehicle is only one.'

'There are many different areas of it and I don't want to go any further with that,' Cook added.

Rumors have circulated about Apple's secretive self-driving car program, referred to internally as 'Project Titan,' for many years now.

In January, Apple was operating 27 self-driving cars on the roads, but that number has since grown to 55 vehicles, data from California's Department of Motor Vehicles now shows.

It grew from 3 to 45 between April 2017 and March 2018, as the project ramped up.

Overall, there are 409 total self driving cars and 1573 drivers licensed in California.

Additionally, Apple and DMV officials have met four times since 2015.

The Silicon Valley juggernaut joins a crowded arena for self-driving vehicles, however.

Google parent Alphabet's self-driving car unit, Waymo, is considered among many experts to be leading the pack in terms of progress and innovation.

Arch rival Uber is also powering ahead - although the recent death of a passenger has temporarily stalled its plans.

Ride-hailing startup Lyft is also making strides.

The company is testing self-driving cars in Boston and has received permission to test autonomous vehicles in California this year.

Lyft has also partnered with Waymo to further develop autonomous technology.

Apple's autonomous car technology is believed to be at the stage where Waymo was three years ago, according to Business Insider.

One recent patent also shows Apple is thinking about the interior of its cars.

It could soon revolutionise how people spend their time on the road by building virtual reality 'entertainment hubs' into self-driving cars.

The firm has filed a patent that describes how passengers in autonomous vehicles could pass the time with VR headsets.

The headsets would allow passengers to play games, or, if they choose, create a 'relaxing' environment for them while on their journey.

Apple also suggests that future cars could lack windows, instead using interior screens alongside the VR headsets to display virtual surroundings.

Apple could soon revolutionise how people spend their time on the road by building virtual reality 'entertainment hubs' into self-driving cars. The firm has filed a patent that describes how passengers in autonomous vehicles could pass the time with virtual reality headsets 

By replacing windows with screens, the passengers will be able to see the real-world or the roads of a different city.

This could also help combat motion sickness, Apple claims.

In the patent application, Apple describes the technology as a way to 'address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers.'

Apple adds: 'Passengers may choose to have relaxing virtual experiences while riding in a vehicle such as floating down a river or soaring over the landscape in a hang glider, or exciting virtual experiences such as a car chase or driving through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with zombies attacking, or anything in between.'

As well as the adrenaline-pumping options, a more practical and less exciting option is also suggested; a board meeting.

As well as the adrenaline-pumping options, a more practical and less exciting option is also suggested; a board meeting. People can better utilise the commute time and turn their autonomous car into a virtual conference room 

Apple says: 'Two or more people may hold a meeting as avatars around a table in a virtual environment, for example in a virtual room or on the bed of a flatbed truck'. This is one of the benefits of combining VR with autonomous vehicles 

'Two or more people may hold a meeting as avatars around a table in a virtual environment, for example in a virtual room or on the bed of a flatbed truck,' according to the patent.

Substituting windows for screens will also save money and improve safety as the glass segments compromise structural integrity in current vehicles.

Virtual images could be synchronised with the movement of the car.

The patent suggests an 'active seat' that uses motion sensors to detect and then incorporate the physical effects of driving into virtual environments.

Filed in September 2017 and published last week, the patent also states that there could be some AR (augmented reality) involvement

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5732075/DMV-reveals-Apple-55-Project-Titan-autonomous-vehicles-California-roads.html


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