Apple was recently granted a permit to test self-driving vehicles by the California DMV. It is using a Lexus RX450h as its test vehicle equipped with a Logitech wheel and pedals to actuate drive by wire. On the outside, the SUV has been equipped with numerous sensors.
The sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.'s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who saw the photos.
Apple is said to have shifted to a stronger focus on self-driving technology after Bob Mansfield was put in charge of its car efforts. The company also has dozens of engineers working on a car OS in Canada, and will reportedly decide on a final direction for its vehicle endeavors by fall of this year.
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