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Apple's standalone car hits the streets with new sensor module

It's no secret that Apple is testing a system for autonomous cars On the streets of California and a few other states, the secret, of course, lies in what the company will do from these tests, and whether we will ever see Ma's own car or if she simply licenses her findings to other automakers.

Because the company's test cars have recently come up with a new look. As spotted by Last Drivers License Holder, the vehicles are still exactly the same (the model is Lexus RX-450H), but the sensor module installed on top of them has changed radically; now all components are enclosed in a rectangular box with black borders.

This is the second change in the sensor scheme of the test cars. The first verse was supported by top-of-car trips, which significantly increased their height; the second, more thoughtful, spread the components across a series of “arms” spread horizontally across the ceiling. Now with the new design we have something much more Apple-like than previous versions.

The change seems not only to be visual, however: several sites have speculated that in this new module, Apple has waived the presence of sensors. To dealrelying only on cameras to "read" the surroundings of the vehicle. LiDAR sensors are very accurate and “see” over the long haul, but are extremely expensive. In addition, cameras are better able to integrate with Apple's artificial intelligence system, which may explain the (possible) change already made by Tesla, incidentally.

Still, Ma is not necessarily planning to file the LiDAR sensors on their test cars. It may be that the new module is just an attempt, and the company will revert to the old model if it realizes that the current scheme is inferior to what was used before. We'll have to wait and see.

Maps

While autonomous cars are not arriving, Apple is advancing its other initiative related to land navigation. Recently, the company has expanded coverage of its new and improved Maps to more locations in the United States: The entire northeastern part of the country is now properly updated including states such as New York, New hampshire, Vermont and Pennsylvania.

As we have already explained, the “new Maps” are the result of Apple's own data collection, rather than relying on a base of other companies. Ma offers much more detailed and up-to-date data, with a sharper look and better location representation. The promise was that the entire US would be covered by the new Maps by the end of 2019 but we will have to wait to see if the plans will be realized.

In addition to the US, Map capture vehicles continue to run elsewhere. As informed by iPhone in Canada, the cars were spotted recently in Huntsville, Ontarioin the maple leaf country.

Hey @iPhoneinCanada, I saw this Apple Maps vehicle on Highway 11 near Huntsville. It seems that the cottage country receive iOS 13 features.

Vehicles, as we all know, are responsible for capturing Look Around data (Look Around) and other information related to Company Maps.

via 9to5Mac