“In one of the first pieces of documentation proving Apple’s investigation into autonomous vehicles, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a patent application describing a basic collision avoidance system that could one day serve as the underpinnings of a self-driving car telemetry solution,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“Apple’s patent application for ‘Collision Avoidance Of Arbitrary Polygonal Obstacles,’ offers proof that the company is investigating the application of machine learning and computer vision to autonomous ‘agents’ (vehicles),” Campbell reports.
“Designed for robotics — a field from which autonomous cars emerged — the disclosed systems and methods detail a basic collision avoidance technique capable of successfully navigating an environment without prior knowledge of the objects within,” Campbell reports. “In particular, the system is able to operate in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional space, often a difficult task for computer vision systems.”
Read more, and see Apple patent application illustrations, in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We can’t wait fore the road test spy shots!
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]