Photos Of Apple’s Self-Driving Test Car Have Surfaced Online

First of all we have to learn that Apple received the go-ahead to begin testing self-driving car technology in California a couple of weeks ago, with the policy changes to encourage ‘public acceptance’. It was only a matter of time before people starting spotting proposed cars that were being put through their paces on the streets and that has now happened.

Apple's Self-driving vehicle Lexus
Photos obtained by Bloomberg are giving out first llok at what appears to be a testbed for Apple’s self-driving vehicle technology, almost two weeks after Apple Inc. secured permission to test its autonomous-car tech in California. The first images, however, of the vehicle have been captured on Silicon Valley roads. Not only has one of Apple’s cars been spotted, but it’s been photographed in the process of being tested, too.

Showing off the white Lexus RX450h SUV sat at lights, covered in the expected array of sensors and cameras that are indeed needed in order for the self-driving car to work its magic. Emerged from an Apple facility this week and was kitted out with an array of sensors. Currently, at the moment – all of the technology is very conspicuous, though Apple should actually sell the vehicle or the car technology it uses, we would expect it to look a little less like something out of a bad sci-fi movie, unlikely the Ford self-driving cars tech.

The surfaced images although shows the sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.’s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who draw the photos. However, an Apple spokesman declined to comment on.

Driver-less Car technology
With multiple cameras, the Lexus appears to have been stocked with Valodyne Lidar’s 64-channel lidar as well as a couple of radars. It would certainly seem that all of the technology on the outside of this Lexus is hardware that can be purchased from the companies that already specialize in such things, and if Apple is concentrating on software, then this is unlikely to change.

It’s being Apple, we would not be surprised to see Apple-designed hardware used in the future of self-driving cars. Obviously, we can’t expect a word from Apple, not commented on the testing of self-driving cars, though CEO Tim Cook has often dropped hints that something car-related is ongoing within Apple.

Also read: Samsung To Develop Self-Driving Car Components, Wants To Enter The Autonomous Business

So far California has granted autonomous car testing permits to 30 companies, a mix of tech players include BMW, Mercedes, Tesla, Google and some others, all which are startups, carmakers and automotive suppliers. Lawmakers are rewriting legislation to allow the testing of autonomous cars without the presence of a driver, though the ability to intercede remotes would be required.

Apple Self-Driving Car in testing
In addition to Apple, both Alphabet Inc.s Waymo and startup Zoox Inc. are using Lexus RX450 models, made by Toyota Motor Corp., in order to test their self-driving car technology, according to the California DMV.

Finally! Project Titan, originally believed to be an automobile-based project has reportedly now been scaled back to focus on self-driving car software rather than a whole car, and this Lexus and the testing it is undergoing is believed to be the next step for that project. Stay tuned for more. Here’s: How A Jailbreak Legend Geohot Plans To Beat Tesla And Google With His Self-Driving Car Startup

(Source: Bloomberg)

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