When one particular self-driving technology entrepreneur highlights the particular efforts of another company focusing on autonomous vehicles, you pay attention: Thatâs what happened with Voyage co-founder MacCallister Higgins, who tweeted a short video clip of the top of Appleâs âProject Titanâ test Lexus SUV, outfitted having a suite of sensors and autonomous hardware.
This isnât the very first time weâve seen the car and its roofing array, but itâs probably the greatest up-close look at it weâve had, plus itâs also being seen by means of expert eyes instead of through the ones from nearby residents who happen on one in the wild. Higgins states, for instance, that the large rooftop set up probably actually contains âthe majority of the compute stack,â in contrast to having that stuffed in the trunk area like it is in many other vehicles.
Higgins also said that the front plus back both have 6 LiDARS, plus an observer noted that placing the radar array on the roof can also be an interesting choice.
The advantage of this design might be that itâs relatively plug-and-play, requiring very little when it comes to in-vehicle modifications, beyond bolting the top rack to the vehicle. That would furthermore make it easy to switch test vehicles theoretically in the future, and it could have a direct effect product-wise in terms of gearing towards modularity in design so that this can be modified to many purposes and vehicles being an aftermarket add-on.