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Here’s What Apple’s Secretive Self-Driving Car Looks Like (It’s Ugly)

Here’s What Apple’s Secretive Self-Driving Car Looks Like (It’s Ugly)

 

Apple is still plugging away on its self-driving car experiment, Project Titan. We haven’t seen a ton about it so far, but we know what its sensor rig looks like, and hoo boy, it’s big:

The rig holds 6 LIDAR sensors, which obtain spacial data for the self-driving software:

Lidar comprises a series of rotating, stacked lasers that shoot out at different angles. Each layer is called a channel, and is made up of two laser beams. The signal from each individual channel creates one contour line, and together, those lines generate a 3-D image of the surrounding environment. That means that, the more lasers in each stack, the higher the resolution. Velodyne, for instance, manufactures products with 16, 32 and 64 laser channels.

[Bloomberg]

LIDAR sensors can run up to $50k apiece, so that rig is no cheap piece of equipment.

It’s tough to say when Apple will unveil what its self-driving software is capable of, but it has the permits to test the technology on public roads in California, so progress is being made.

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