By now it is hardly a secret that Apple is interested in self-driving cars. Not too long ago the California DMV granted Apple permission to test self-driving cars on the road, and thanks to a report from Bloomberg, they have managed to obtain photos of Apple’s self-driving test car in action.
In case you’re unfamiliar with your cars, the test car that Apple appears to be using is a Lexus RX450h SUV. The vehicle came kitted out with a bunch of sensors which will probably be used to help gather data and also to help the vehicle navigate around autonomously. Some of the sensors includes two radar, a bunch of cameras, and Velodyne Lidar’s 64-bit channel lidar.
Bloomberg quotes an industry expert who claims that these products appear to be bought off the shelf as opposed to being custom-made, so it is possible that maybe Apple is still in the early stages of testing, although unsurprisingly the company declined to comment. We have heard that Apple was interested in the technology, and at one point we even heard that they wanted to build their own cars.
However a later report suggested that Apple had given up trying to build its own cars and instead would focus on the technology behind it instead. Exactly what will this result in remains to be seen.