Apple now boasts its very own testbed for self-driving car technology, and the first images of its debut test vehicle have been captured on Silicon Valley roads. Bloomberg reports that according to one who saw it, the new white Lexus RX450h SUV emerged from an Apple facility this week, and was packed with an array of sensors. These include Velodyne Lidar Inc.’s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar, and a series of cameras. An industry expert said the sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made.
Just two weeks ago, the company secured permission to test its autonomous cars in California. Provided by the California Department of Motor, the go-ahead comprised clearance to carry out trials with three vehicles. Also, Apple isn’t the only company using a Lexus RX450 model from Toyota Motor Corp. Even Alphabet’s Waymo and start-up Zoox are working with similar cars.