Apple May Likely Be Venturing Into Autonomous Cars
Apple is planning to work on its lidar sensor based self-driving cars. For this purpose, Apple had a conversation with four companies for getting the supply of advanced lidar sensors. And by evaluating, the technology offered by these companies, Apple has started working on upgrading its own lidar technology.
These activities of Apple are giving clear evidence that the company is trying to get into advanced features, through its Project Titan of the autonomous car. The company’s current focus is completely on advanced sensors for autonomous cars through which the driver will be able to see the three-dimensional view of the road.
The three persons who were a part of discussions carried out between Apple and the other four companies said that Apple is working on lidar units which will be smaller, more reliable and cheaper than current sensors used.
Those people who were familiar with this conversation, among them one person said that with this revolutionary design, the iPhone maker company is going to set a big opportunity. These people refused to tell the name of companies who were approached by Apple for sensor agreement.
For getting the advance technology and becoming number one in car making, the iPhone maker company has joined with investors and automakers. This effort using sensors represents that Apple wants to work in the field of hardware to start autonomous car services.
The current lidar units used in self-driving testing cars are mounted with Velodyne units and for rendering precise images of location outside the car, it uses pulses of laser lights. But this technology is costing much higher that is up to $100,000 and for sweeping laser scanners, the mechanical parts of cars are used on the path of roads.
These features of current cars are too bulky to be handled and they have more chances of getting failed while driving. For dealing with these problems, Apple has already invested around $1 billion so that they can get more robust, cheap and small lidar units.