The program of testing of autonomous vehicles Apple has seen a significant decline in 2019, with the entire fleet that has path 2.201 miles in less than 2018. It seems that Apple has also changed the protocol on the reporting of information about the decommitments used to assess the effectiveness of the system in testing phase.
According to the data presented by Apple to the Department of motor vehicles of California, from December 2018 to November 2019, were used to test 23 of the 69 car is an autonomous fleet of Apple , composed entirely by SUVS Lexus RX450h. In total, the drive Apple have path 7.544 miles during the reference period, a significant decrease compared to the 79.754 miles in 2018
Apple has brought 64 decommitments in 7.544 miles total, for an average of 8,48 de-commitments for 1,000 miles. A year before, had been registered 69.510 decommitments (871,65 de-commitments for 1,000 miles). It is, therefore, an improvement impressive, even if the system of the decommitments used in the test phase for autonomous guided vehicles is not an exact science.
Typically, the access areas are defined as cases in which the autonomous systems of a vehicle are not able to process the current conditions, forcing the driver to resume manual driving. Also the human interventions are considered as decommitments.
As explained by Apple in a letter to the DMV of California shared in the last year, the company in 2018, has taken the approach of “conservative” vis-à-vis lobbies, requiring “drivers to take a proactive approach to the manual control of the vehicle every time the system encounters a scenario that is beyond our capacity currently tested“. In addition, the company stated that its “software auto-monitor and returns control to the driver when it detects errors or problems during the operation.“
In 2019, Apple seems to have reduced its methodology of the report with regard to the entrance, a sign that the tests have reached a more mature phase. In the last few months, the most common reason that has led to a hallway was a vague “discrepancy in the controls.“
In any case, Apple is continuing to push forward with its Project Titan, even if it is not yet clear what will be the purpose. A system of autonomous guide to share with the manufacturers of the cars, or the first step towards the creation of an Apple Car?