Apple is reportedly in active discussions with several LiDAR sensor vendors, a key technology in the development of its self-driving “Apple Car”.
The Cupertino tech giant is currently in talks with “a number of potential suppliers” for laser-based sensors that could enable an autonomous vehicle to see its surroundings. Bloomberg Reports.
These conversations are a sign that Apple has not yet committed to a single supplier. Bloomberg notes that the company is still considering several options for its LIDAR technology, including a potentially heavily customized version of the sensor suite.
As with the iPhone supply chain, Apple will approach third-party suppliers to supply key components for the “Apple Car”. The fact that it hasn’t chosen a LIDAR supplier could be an indication that an Apple self-driving vehicle is years away.
Sources told Bloomberg that Apple is trying to get a lidar technology that would be considered innovative in four to five years …