Apple has been low key about it autonomous car tech, dubbed Project Titan, but there is now a short video of the iPhone company's self-driving efforts. Voyage co-founder MacCalister Higgins posted a short video of Project Titan's test Lexus SUV, which he called "The Thing." The video givies the public a glimpse of what Apple is up to. The top of the white vehicle is equipped with a suite sensors and self-driving hardware. Higgins said on Twitter the front and back both have 6 LiDARS and that the "majority of the compute stack is likely located inside the roof unit."
Apple's self driving car has received a major upgrade, it has been claimed. Test vehicles have been spotted sporting a gigantic new roofrack full of sensors. The white assembly and white Lexus SUVs have even been compared to Star Wars villains Stormtroopers. The roofracks contains dozens of sensors, but primarily uses Lidar to'see' their surroundings, and Apple is now using Lexus SUV's, rather than the minivans that have previously been spotted In lidar -- or light detection and ranging -- scanning, one or more lasers sends out short pulses, which bounce back when they hit an obstacle, whether clouds, leaves or rocks. In self-driving cars, the sensors constantly scan the surrounding areas looking for information and acting as the'eyes' of the car.
Apple's plans for a self driving car could eventually lead to a ridesharing platform to take on Uber, it has been claimed. Apple's project, known internally as Project Titan, has hit numerous delays, but is now hiring new experts in software, and according to recent claims, has a clear direction - to take on Uber. According to Business Insider, Apple is creating its autonomous systems with an eye to the ride-sharing and ride-hailing market. Disagreements among Apple's top brass have led to a dramatic scaling back of the firm's plans for a self-driving car, industry insiders have claimed. Apple officially secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California on April 14.