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.
Apple seems to speeding ahead with its self-driving car program. The iPhone maker has nearly doubled its fleet of autonomous test vehicles in California over the last few months, according to the Financial Times. In January, Apple was operating 27 self-driving cars on the roads, but that number has since grown to 45 vehicles, data from California's Department of Motor Vehicles shows. The new report comes as some firms have suspended their autonomous driving tests following a fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car this weekend. If Apple's fleet has increased this much, it has surged ahead of its rivals in terms of the size of its test fleet.
Disagreements among Apple's top brass and a'lack of clearly defined vision' have led to a dramatic scaling back of the firm's plans for a self-driving car. Apple was rumoured to be working on an ambitious fleet of autonomous vehicles, to be built by the company. That long-term dream, part of project Titan, now appears to have been abandoned in favour of developing technology to allow other vehicles to drive themselves. In the short term, the firm is working on a self-operating shuttle service to ferry employees from its current campus and newly built headquarters, according to industry insiders. 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.