Recently, Mike Maletic, a senior legal counsel from Apple met with California officials of the Department of Motor Vehicles to discuss the use of Apple’s new autonomous cars for testing on California roads . California DMV regulations make it so car makers must receive a permit from the DMV in order to test drive their vehicles on public roads.
Apple has been very secretive about their car project code named Project Titan. Even Apple Ceo Tim Cook dodged questions about it. Cadie Thompson from Tech Insider reports:
“On Tuesday, Cook appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and it didn’t take long for Colbert to begin probing him about a possible Apple self-driving car.
Cook, though, kept mum on the matter.
“We look at a number of things along the way, and we decide to really put our energies in a few of them,” Cook said regarding the matter.
Apple has been keeping quiet about Apple cars, but Mark Harris from The Guardian explains that Apple car information could soon become public:
“If Apple does seek a testing permit for its Project Titan self-driving car, it will have to sacrifice much of its legendary preference for secrecy. Manufacturers applying for a permit have to detail the make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) of cars they want to test, share details of autonomous features and capabilities, and identify test drivers by name.
They will also have to explain how these safety drivers will be trained to cope with any malfunctions of the car. Manufacturers need to report every “disengagement” where the car unexpectedly hands control back to the driver, as well as all accidents it is involved in.”
Yesterday’s science fiction is today’s reality. These cars may be available for consumers in the near future but is society ready for them and prepared to handle the unknown dangers that may come, in time, by using them? I personally am not ready to trust a full autonomous vehicle yet. Cruise control and anti-lock breaking are automatic enough for me.