Apple has reportedly started talking to suppliers of self-driving car sensors, as part of the work to build an electric vehicle, according to Bloomberg.
Common on many self-driving cars and prototypes, lidar sensors are used to determine the vehicle’s distance from objects, people and other vehicles. The technology is also used for other technology, including a few iPhone models.
Apple spoke with several lidar vendors working on next-generation hardware, according to Bloomberg. The report also said that Apple has developed much of the software needed for self-driving cars internally. But a vehicle launch could be at least five years away, Bloomberg reported, citing internal Apple sources.
In recent weeks and months, reports have also claimed that Apple was in talks with several car manufacturers about building Apple-branded cars.
In January, a South Korean newspaper reported on advanced talks with Hyundai, with plans to build a “beta”
Similarly, Nissan told Insider last week that it had not entered into discussions with Apple, despite reports that it had.
“However, Nissan is always open to exploring collaboration and partnerships to accelerate industrial change,” the spokesman said.