Numerous rumors over the years suggested Apple was developing its own self-driving vehicle. However, the company ended up putting those ambitions aside and decided to focus on autonomous systems instead, with plans to test its campus shuttle, people familiar to the matter told the New York Times. Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear last month the company was not planning to build its own self-driving car when he told Bloomberg the company was focusing on an autonomous car system. However, it seems like Apple really did have plans to build its own car, but because of disagreements within leadership, the idea was disregarded. Apple's self-driving technology project, called Titan, will instead work on the system that will allow cars to drive on its own.
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 secretive automotive project has flown under the radar over the past several months after news leaked that the company was granted permission to test a self-driving car platform and entered the race to develop autonomous cars -- but that doesn't mean that the cars stopped roving the roads to gather data.