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Tech Giant Apple hints that it will enter the Driverless Cars Market, where bigwigs like Tesla and Google have already made Deep Inroads

The letter is Apple's official comment on the federal government's automated vehicle guidelines released last September

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New York, December 4, 2016: A month after Volvo got an order of 100 self-driving cars from Uber, Apple has hinted that it will enter the driverless cars market where bigwigs like Tesla and Google have already made deep inroads, a media report said.

According to a report in The Verge, the Cupertino-based tech giant — under its so-called Project Titan — has submitted a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, stating that it is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation”.

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The letter is Apple’s official comment on the federal government’s automated vehicle guidelines released last September.

Interestingly, Apple’s letter is signed by Steven Kenner — the company’s head of product integrity who up until recently was the global director of automotive safety at Ford.

“Apple agrees that companies should share de-identified scenario and dynamics data from crashes and near-misses. By sharing data, the industry will build a more comprehensive dataset than any one company could create alone,” Kenner’s letter was quoted as saying.

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Recently reports surfaced suggesting that the company is not attempting to build its own electric car, but is focused on developing self-driving software it can deploy in partnership with existing carmakers.

“This letter comes amid news that hundreds of members of Apple’s 1,000-employee-strong car team have been reassigned, let go, or have left of their own volition,” the report pointed out.

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In October, Uber ordered 100 self-driving vehicles from the Swedish company Volvo.

The news came after an 18-wheeler self-driving Volvo trailer drove from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs, bearing 50,000 cans of Budweiser beer.

The Volvo truck, equipped with cameras and sensors, was owned by Otto, a self-driving truck company acquired by Uber earlier this year. (IANS)

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‘Doodle 4 Google’ Opens Public Voting

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)