Apple's self-driving test car has been spotted on actual roads

Less than a fortnight after it was confirmed that, indeed, Apple is testing out self-driving cars, it appears we have our first look at what the iPhone maker is taking on the road.

A white Lexus RX450h SUV was spotted leaving an Apple facility in Silicon Valley, sporting sensors, cameras, and other gear used in autonomous driving research, as seen by a person who sent the the information and images to Bloomberg.

The report adds the Lexus is rigged with third-party sensors, including a Velodyne LIDAR unit. It appears no proprietary or custom-made equipment was on the car, and you can see it for yourself in the footage below:

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Of course, Apple loves to keep its projects in the darkest of dark until its time for an official unveiling (see also: Apple's supposed interest in VR) so there's no telling if Apple is planning to get into the automotive game or just make its own self-driving software for other manufacturers.

Apple isn't the only company cleared to test self-driving cars in California. Companies ranging from the usual suspects like Ford, Honda, BMW, Nissan, and Mercedes-Benz to newcomers like Tesla, Google, Faraday Future and Nvidia have also received their autonomous-driver permits, making the race to driverless driving a rapidly growing one.

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