Since most companies are exploring the idea of self-driving cars, it seems Apple too is secretly working on its own version of the technology.
A few months ago, news had leaked that Apple was granted permission to develop autonomous cars. Since then, the tech giant has managed to avoid the spotlight and no real development was reported in terms of any vehicles coming out, The Verge reports.
Recently, however, a keen observer named MacAllister Higgins, spotted what looks like the Apple equivalent of a self-driving vehicle.
In a video posted on Twitter, a Lexus SUV rode the streets what could be one of Apple’s “Project Titan” self-driving cars.
Higgins believes the car is the same type of vehicle Apple approved to use for tests on public roads.
Going to need more than 140 characters to go over 🍎's Project Titan. I call it "The Thing" pic.twitter.com/sLDJd7iYSa
— MacCallister Higgins (@macjshiggins) October 17, 2017
Higgins isn’t your typical Apple fan who happened to find an Apple car roaming the streets. He's a robotics engineer and a co-founder of Voyage, a self-driving start-up.
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Referring to the plastic-encased setup as "The Thing," it appears to be outfitted with six LIDAR sensors, along with a slew of cameras and radar units.
I saw one of these a few weeks ago pull up to an Apple shuttle stop-sit there for a few then drove off. pic.twitter.com/gUudZY1TIA
— idiggapple (@idiggapple) October 18, 2017
Apple declined to comment on the authenticity of the images circulating and whether or not they are conducting self-driving tests.
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