Friday, April 28, 2017
Two weeks ago, Apple was granted permission to begin testing its automotive vehicle technology in California and of course the company wasted no time in initiating the action; Since this week has seen the test vehicle of technology of auto driving of Apple, a SUV Lexus RX450h optimized with a series of advanced sensors, in the highways of Silicon Valley.
The images shared by Bloomberg do not provide much additional information, but provide insight into the technology that Apple is using to test its auto-driving software, which as expected, compares very well with other platforms of cars currently driving In tests of Google and Uber.
Apple tests its automotive software on a Lexus RX450h SUV
The Lexus RX450h SUV used by Apple is equipped with a 64-channel Velodyne LiDAR car roof , front and rear bumpers, multiple cameras, mounted in protective housings along the outside of the car, a 360 degree view of the surroundings of the vehicle.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Apple had obtained permission from the state of California to officially start testing auto-driving cars in California. The Apple name was added to the list of companies with stand-alone vehicle test permits on the Department of Motor Vehicles website in California after two years of reports that Apple had been testing self-directed automotive technology.
A variety of other suggestions had come up regarding Apple's self-drive efforts. Apple partner Didi Chuxing opened its own self-taught lab near Apple in California, while the company also appeared in a letter to the US National Traffic Safety Administration urging the department not to restrict stand-alone vehicle testing .
Originally, it was believed that the company was building its own car, but now it has shifted its focus towards self-steering software, at least for now.