Apple Inc., the iPhone maker and one of the most closely followed Silicon Valley giants, had been in talk with at least four potential sensor suppliers, as the iPhone maker voiced optimisism on next-generation lidar sensors for its self-driving cars, the profitability of which has still been a blistering question, given Apple Inc.’s start-up image as a self-driving car maker, while autonomous car making giants likes of Tesla Inc.
and Volkswagen AG had been vying to ensure profitability amid a bunch of tit-for-tat retaliatory tariff conflicts all over the world. As a matter of fact, since Apple Inc. had still been working on its lidar unit, but failed to make meaningful progress, the company had been on the lookout for outsourcing lidar sensors for its self-driving cars, at least three people with knowledge over the discussion said on Wednesday, the 17th of April 2019.
Indubitably, the move had signaled fresh evidence over Apple’s rekindled optimism to enter into an almost impervious autonomous vehicle derby, a highly ambitious project which Apple Inc. named as Project Titan. According to one of the sources with knowledge regarding the discussion, the talks had chiefly been tilting around a next-generation lidar, a sensor which could provide a three-dimensional view at the road.