Apple is reportedly talking to lidar suppliers for its self-driving vehicle project

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Apple has reportedly begun talking to suppliers of lidar self-driving car sensors, as part of its effort to build an electric vehicle, according to Bloomberg

Common on many self-driving vehicles and prototypes, lidar sensors are used to determine the vehicle's distance from objects, people, and other vehicles. The technology also is used for other tech, including a few iPhone models. 

Apple was talking with several lidar suppliers working on next-gen hardware, according to Bloomberg. The report also said Apple has developed in-house much of the software needed for self-driving vehicles. But a vehicle launch may be at least five years away, Bloomberg reported, citing internal Apple sources. 

In recent weeks and months, reports have also claimed Apple was in talks with several car manufacturers about building Apple-branded vehicles.

In January, a South Korean newspaper reported advanced talks with Hyundai, with plans to build a "beta" version of an Apple vehicle within about a year. But Hyundai and its sister brand Kia later denied those talks. 

Nissan similarly last week told Insider it hadn't entered discussions with Apple, despite reports saying it had.

"However, Nissan is always open to exploring collaborations and partnerships to accelerate industry transformation," the spokesperson said. 


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