Apple Inc. has reportedly begun its car parts search for its rumored Apple Car product. The first part they’re looking for, however, is quite intriguing: Lidar sensor—just like what you see on most iPhone models.
Apple car confirmed?
Over the past months, the Cupertino-based tech giant was rumored producing its own version of a self-driving vehicle, called Apple Car.
No one still knows whether this rumor was true or not—though most leak experts were confident with the rumor.
Technically, there is still no available information yet on this said Apple Car.
However, today, Feb. 19, Bloomberg exclusively reported that the tech giant is now starting its massive search for the best car parts.
On their report, Apple Inc. was reportedly in talks with multiple suppliers to get all necessary parts for the vehicle.
According to people that were familiar with the subject, as cited by Bloomberg, Apple is currently finding a supplier for the car sensors called Lidar.
What’s a Lidar technology?
You’ve probably heard about this technology. Lidar is a common remote sensing method, stands for “light detection and ranging,” mostly used on iPhone models such as the current iPhone 12.
This technology is put on the camera models in order to improve photography styles and night shots.
Just like on iPhone devices, Lidar also helps the car sensor for its rumored Apple Car. Bloomberg said that these laser-based sensors will allow a car’s computer to “see” its surroundings.
Which is a common feature that most vehicles now have in their models.
Where will they get the Apple Car Lidar?
As reported, Apple is still currently looking for a company that will supply the said Lidar technology.
Bloomberg noted that a lot of potential suppliers already contacted the tech giant for the said product. However, Apple has still not finalized the company source of the product.
What’s sure, though, is that Apple Car may still have to take few years before its official release in the market.
The start of Apple Car rumor
As reported before, Apple Car rumor has been going on for years now. This started when Apple CEO Tim Cook said in 2017 that the brand was talking about creating autonomous driving software product.
“We’re focusing on autonomous systems. It’s a core technology that we view as very important. We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It’s probably one of the most difficult AI projects actually to work on.” — Apple CEO Tim Cook on Apple’s plans in the car space.
This year, Reuters has said Apple is aiming for 2024, but Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes a car won’t launch until 2025 to 2027 at the earliest.
For now, though, Apple Inc. has not yet said anything about this project, whether it’s real or not. Apple spokesperson also declined to comment.
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