The patent was first spotted by Apple Insider, which noted that it “offers proof that the company is investigating the application of machine learning and computer vision to autonomous ‘agents’. ” In this case, the “agents” would be vehicles.
Of course, Apple’s (AAPL) interest in self-driving cars has been among its worst-kept secrets. Recently, Apple submitted a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that suggests it’s interested in testing self-driving cars.
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The technology described in the patent would allow self-driving cars to avoid collisions and drive through unfamiliar areas by introducing a new and faster method for calculating distances and object shapes. This method is called: “Collision Avoidance Of Arbitrary Polygonal Obstacles.”
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