Apple’s self-driving test car purportedly caught on video in South Bay

It’s no secret Apple has been working to build a self-driving hardware system for cars, but a new video apparently caught the hardware in the wild — or more specifically, the South Bay.

MacCallister Higgins, co-founder of South Bay-based self-driving startup Voyage, caught the system built under the codename Project Titan on video. The system looks like a crown on top of the Lexus model, with one commenter pointing out it is equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors and radars.

It is unclear where exactly Higgins caught the self-driving car, but the Central Expressway sign is clearly visible on the top of the video.

Another commenter shared with Higgins his own photo of the self-driving car in action at an Apple shuttle stop.

 

Compared to its competitors like Waymo or Higgins’ Voyage, Apple’s self-driving car system looks much bigger and bulkier. One possible reason for the bulkiness might be that Apple’s computing stack with its graphics processors may be located on the roof, as Higgins pointed out to The Verge. Apple’s competitor models store the computing parts in the trunk.

Apple’s Project Titan has gone through numerous turnovers since it was publicly revealed in 2014. Hundreds of employees for Project Titan have been reassigned, laid off, or voluntarily left over the past year, seventeen of whom started a new startup called Zoox. 

Apple received a permit to drive self-driving cars in California in April. Apple CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg in June the Cupertino tech giant will focus on developing self-driving software than build an entire car.

Photo: Tim Cook, Apple CEO, ends his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, June 5, 2017. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group)

 

Tags: Apple, Project Titan, self-driving car, Zoox

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