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Apple’s top-secret car prototype gets caught on video

Updated Feb 19th, 2015 7:52PM EST
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The cat is officially out of the bag and the new “Apple van” being tested on the roads in and around Palo Alto, California won’t be safe from prying eyes anywhere anymore. After an odd minivan with a roof-mounted camera rig of some kind was first spotted earlier this month, reports began pouring out once it was discovered that the automobile belonged to Apple. Numerous reports from reliable sources including The Wall Street Journal and Reuters have since surfaced suggesting that Apple is working on its own self-driving car that will be powered by an electric engine, and these vans are believed to be a part of that project.

Now, the first video of one of these cars has been posted.

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According to multiple reports, Apple is working on its own car. Not just car technology, as some have speculated, but an actual automobile that could some day be on the roads.

If Apple does release its own car someday, it will obviously look absolutely nothing like the “Apple van.”

Apple is apparently testing several Dodge Caravan minivans equipped with mysterious additional equipment. We have seen a few photos of the vans, which have an odd camera rig on the roof that was initially thought to be part of an initiative for Apple Maps similar to Google’s Street View.

As is turns out, these rigs are apparently related to Apple’s car efforts, which have seen the company hire a number of automobile industry experts away from Tesla in recent months. In fact, Apple is already in the process of building a massive team to work on these new efforts.

While the exact purpose of the equipment on the vans Apple is testing remains unknown, the first video of the automobile comes from MacRumors and it’s embedded below.

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