Apple letter drops hints about self-driving car development

In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Apple’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner, responded to a set of proposed guidelines for regulating the fast-emerging autonomous car industry.

Apple’s suggestions include instructions for how industry data should be shared and controlled, as well as a request that new players in the self-driving car field have the same road testing rights as incumbents, which the The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act currently does not allow for.

“We’ve provided comments to NHTSA because Apple is investing heavily in machine learning and autonomous systems,” said Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr in a statement. “There are many potential applications for these technologies, including the future of transportation, so we want to work with NHTSA to help define the best practices for the industry.” READ MORE.