California, U.S., (Reuters): Apple Inc devised a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month, the latest clues to the company's autonomous vehicle technology aspirations.
The iPhone maker joins a long list of carmakers, start-ups and technology rivals, including Alphabet's Waymo, that are testing cars on state roads. Apple is looking for new hit products and autonomous car technology is expected to revolutionize the traditional auto industry.
As part of the application, Apple included a 10-page training plan that appeared to be related to operators taking back manual control of the car during automated driving exercises of the system, which it calls a development platform.
Apple declined comment beyond the filing.
"Development platform will be controlled electronically (e.g. joystick) and safety drivers must be ready to intervene and take control," the document reads.
The document highlights different scenarios to be tested, from high speed driving and tight U-turns to lane changes.
The document does not include detail on how Apple 's self-driving platform actually works or other technical details. It also does not say what kind of sensors are found on Apple 's three permitted vehicles, all 2015 Lexus model RX450h.