Apple working on autonomous technology is no more a secret after the famous interview of Tim Cook where he called it “mother of all AI projects” and disclosing that the company is working on this technology. Now, the Apple researchers speaking at a private workshop have revealed some more details on the topic.
Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Apple’s director of AI, discussed several projects apparently related to automated driving. He shed some light on a paper posted online by the company which discussed a software that could recognize pedestrians and cyclists just with Lidar data.
The company is also working on a project for developing a method — called visual SLAM (simultaneous location and mapping)– that can classify objects on the roads using cameras placed on the top of the vehicles. Apple is also open-sourcing a tool called Turi Create designed to make machine learning easier.
Unlike its competitors, Apple is known for being secretive on research projects and disclosing very little about them but now the company has probably changed its strategy and is disclosing more about its projects. The company has also begun its own Machine Learning Journal, where it is publishing details of several AI-related projects.