Apple Incorporated is road-testing several mysterious cars with video cameras installed on them in the San Francisco Bay Area possibly for Street View-like mapping system.
Apple is up to its usual ways. A number of vans with camera equipment affixed to their tops are on the loose in the Bay Area of California. It has been in the knowledge of the transportation department and they confirm that such vehicles matching the data reported by ordinary citizens have been lent to Apple to carry out its operations silently and surreptitiously.
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Besides the cameras on each vehicle there are also LiDAR sensors which are a bunch of radar-like devices. They employ laser lights to construct high res maps of the surrounding environment.
Claycord.com blog posted above photo that shows the Dodge minivan on the streets of Concord. This top secret venture seems to be similar in its nature to Google’s self-driving vehicles. At least the equipment appears to be the same if not the vehicles.
However, experts say that the vehicles are not self-driving cars since were that the case they would need extra-judicial rights to be operating in such a complex milieu. Instead what looks to be more closer to reality is that these cars are there to carry out mapping operations for various streets in California.
There are actually multiple cameras fitted on top of the cars (numbering about a dozen per vehicle). As for any comparison with Google’s driverless cars, they have 15 cameras per vehicle.
Apple’s mapping amenity is all set to proceed as per plan. It will definitely make things easier for the common man on the street as he tries to reach some destination in a hurry in his beat-up car.
The debate however still won’t undergo any abatement. There are those who say it is for the purposes of a driverless vehicle that Apple is doing all this, and there are those who say that it is purely for the sake of mapping the byways that this is being done.
It is a case of the unstoppable meeting the irresistible. Both sides are armed with arguments for and against their pet ideas of “what is it?”…but in the end only what actually is will prove one of them wrong and the other one right. And everyone will be on the lookout to see whether Apple tries to kill two birds with one stone.
The secret is only known to the elite within Apple’s ranks such as Tim Cook. And what he has on his mind is anyone’s lucky guess!
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