Driverless Apple Car
Spotted in Silicon Valley
April 28, 2017
Just weeks after receiving official approval, an Apple self-driving car
has been seen making its way through the streets of Silicon Valley.
The Lexus fitted with various sensors is the latest entrant in the quest
to make driverless cars commercially viable. Apple, a late comer, likely
will face fierce competition from Google’s Waymo, which has carried out
millions of miles of road testing, and Uber, which has been testing
autonomous cars for months.
Apple’s initiative, officially called
Project Titan, is driven by hardware developed by Velodyne Lidar, while
Apple is expected to develop the software.
on documents obtained by Business Insider, Apple’s cars sound very much
like other self-driving cars. The cars are “capable of sending
electronic commands for steering, accelerating, and decelerating and may
carry out portions of the dynamic driving task,” according to the
As with other driverless cars, humans are still present and can override
the self-driving mode at any time.
Despite being somewhat late to the game, Apple may find an opening in
the way of a potentially lengthy legal battle between Waymo and Uber,
with Waymo alleging that Uber stole its trade secrets.
On Thursday, Uber executive Anthony Levandowski recused himself from
work on driverless cars in the wake of the lawsuit, which alleges he
stole intellectual property while employed at Google.