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Apple’s self-driving car technology just looks like a simple roof rack

by Danny Zepeda | October 18, 2017October 18, 2017 2:00 pm PST

The evolution of technology Apple is using for its self-driving car, also known as Project Titan, has been gradual. Last we saw of Apple’s test car, it donned a myriad of sensors all over a Lexus SUV. Now, months later, Apple has noticeably improved the design of its car technology into what looks like a simple car roof rack.

Voyage co-founder MacCallister Higgins came across Apple’s latest test car and managed to snag a closeup video that gives us our best look yet at Apple’s self-driving technology. Higgins posted the video on Twitter, musing in his caption that he calls it “The Thing.” You can see it for yourselves down below.

https://twitter.com/macjshiggins/status/920326969522241536

Apple seems to have streamlined the design we first saw in April. All the cameras and sensors are now neatly tucked away in what looks like a roof rack on top of a white Lexus RX40x SUV. This new modification makes it much easier to move the roof unit onto other cars if need be.

Higgins points out that the self-driving tech has six LIDAR units on the front and back and the main computing stack on the center of the roof.

Apple’s foray into self-driving technology started with an attempt to create its own car, but that plan was eventually scrapped in favor of developing its own self-driving software instead. In the response to Higgins’ tweet, another user posted an image of the same car he saw a few weeks earlier. It looks to be the same car Apple is testing out.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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