After getting the nod from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in mid-April to begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in California, details about the equipment Apple will be using and the maneuvers executed for research have now come to light.
In an article by Business Insider, documents show that Apple will be using a Logitech steering wheel and pedals to manually control the self-driving vehicles should the ‘drivers’ need to intervene.
The six ‘drivers’ with permits from the DMV to operate the three autonomous Lexus RX450h SUVs are actually researchers equipped with higher education in the field of robotics and machine-learning.
Apple has identified seven maneuvers that need to be worked on in this initial phase of their research and these are:
• Low-speed driving
• High-speed driving
• Tight U-turn
• Sudden steering input
• Sudden acceleration
• Sudden braking
• Conflicting turn-signal and action
Each safety driver will be given two practice runs and three trials to pass each of the tests.
Manipulating the Logitech equipment in any way will override the electric driving mode.