LiDAR stocks rise on Apple Car report

LiDAR stocks today rose on Reuters‘ Monday report that Apple was working towards the debut of an “Apple Car” in 2024. The report stated that Apple wants to build a self-driving personal passenger vehicle, and use outside partners for LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors.

Apple is targeting 2024 to start production of a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, Reuters reported, citing “people familiar with the matter.”

Bill Peters for Investor’s Business Daily:

Lidar stocks like Velodyne (VLDR) and Luminar Technologies (LAZR) rallied Tuesday on a report that Apple (AAPL) could make a self-driving car by 2024, while Ouster said it would go public via a blank-check company.

The report did not say which lidar suppliers Apple might use. But it said the vehicle “might feature multiple lidar sensors for scanning different distances.” The car would also use a new “monocell” battery design that could radically cut battery costs while extending the vehicle’s driving range, Reuters said.

Among lidar stocks, Velodyne closed up 11% on the stock market today, halving earlier gains. Luminar climbed 6.3%, also off session highs. On Monday, Velodyne stock surged 23%. Luminar stock leapt 27%.

MacDailyNews Take: LiDAR stocks won’t be the only ones to get bumps as “Apple Car” news leaks over the next 3+ years.


  1. Elon Musk tweeted:
    “During the darkest days of the Model 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of our current value). He refused to take the meeting.”

    Fire Tim Cook!

  2. It seems odd that self-driving cars are building in so many different sensors, just to do what a human can do with two eyes that often aren’t as good as iPhone sensors. It seems to suggest that they are on the wrong track.

    When humans have accidents, it is almost always the brain, not the eyes, that was at fault.

  3. Tim Cook is a great baby sitter of Steve’s plan but Tim lacks vision so all his decisions will be safe and proven. I don’t see Tim making any radical changes or taking big risk. Apple will put its toe in e cars when it’s safe. Which I guess is a good thing; Creatively Tim is “Tone deaf’ so he shouldn’t be writing new songs. Heck even the style of clothes he wears on stage is taken from Steve Jobs, even his hand gestures and manners. Steve choose a great person to keep his visions intact; namely a disciplined logistics guy with no vision of his own.

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