Apple has started testing its own autonomous cars on California roads. A white Lexus RX450h was spotted with 64-channel lidar sensors and cameras. According to Bloomberg which obtained photos of the white SUV,
“The California Department of Motor gave Apple clearance to carry out trials with three vehicles earlier this month. The company’s so-called “Project Titan”, as the autonomous car project is known internally, has endured a difficult 12 months since veteran Apple executive Bob Mansfield took over its leadership in April 2016. He has reined in the project’s ambitions to focus on developing autonomous-driving software before the iPhone-maker thinks about building its own car, people familiar with the strategy said at the time. Before the strategy shift, Apple held talks about licensing its technology to carmakers including Volkswagen AG and BMW AG.”
The California authorities have so far granted permission to about 30 companies to test self-driving cars on its roads so far.