Apple’s Self-Driving Lexus Car Spotted Testing

Posted: Apr 28 2017, 8:11am CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

 
Apple’s Self-Driving Lexus Car Spotted Testing
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  • Take a Gander at Apple’s Self-Driving Lexus Vehicles that are Ready for Road-Testing

We recommend that all technology enthusiasts take a gander at Apple’s self-driving Lexus vehicles that are just about ready for road-testing.

About a fortnight after Apple Inc. asked permission to road-test its self-driving Lexus vehicles, the first pictures of these sophisticated cars have been taken on the roads of California.

Termed the white Lexus RX450h SUV, this car exited an Apple structure and was seen to have many sensors on its frame. The person who saw this vehicle out on the road took photographs of it and posted them online.

Among the sensors was Velodyne Lidar Inc.’s top notch 64 channel lidar. There were two radars and many small cameras too which were fitted onto the body of the car, according to Bloomberg.

The sensors seemed to be taken directly off some store shelf instead of having been custom-made. Apple has not commented on the matter. The regulatory authorities have given Apple clearance to start road-testing three of its vehicles.

Apple’s Project Titan is something which took a year’s time in the making. It faced several roadblocks along the way (no pun intended). The head of the project, Bob Mansfield has tried to moderate the pace of the car-making since a stitch in time saves nine.

Apple also wants to sell its latest self-driving technology to Volkswagen and BMW. Authorities have given permits to 30 automakers for driverless vehicles.

Despite this technology allowing for the absence of drivers in the cars, remote ability to intercede at the last moment by turning off the car engine is available. Apple will have to be very careful with this technology.

Since traffic accidents are something that no one wants happening on the roads, Apple will have to take extra precautionary measures. Self-driving cars are also a project that Google is deeply involved in.

In the future, transportation may become autonomous in its nature. To remove human agents from behind the steering wheel is a big and bold step. Yet that is what we call progress: the exploration of the unexplored zones.

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