Apple is testing its self-driving autos in a lot of Lexus SUVs out on the roads of Cupertino, and on August 24, a type of autos was concerned in an accident.
Apple is required to reveal autonomous automobile collisions to the California DMV, and the knowledge on the accident was revealed on the DMV’s web site.
In accordance with the accident particulars, the automobile in query was in autonomous mode on the time, and sustained average injury within the crash, however it doesn’t seem that Apple was at fault for the collision. From the accident report:
On August 24th at 2:58 p.m., an Apple automobile in autonomous mode was rear-ended whereas getting ready to merge onto Lawrence Expressway South from Kifer Street. The Apple check automobile was touring lower than 1 mph ready for a secure hole to finish the merge when a 2016 Nissan Leaf contacted the Apple check automobile at roughly 15 mph. Each autos sustained injury and no accidents have been reported by both celebration.
Apple has been testing its self-driving software program in Lexus RX450h SUVs in Cupertino, California and surrounding areas since early 2017, however that is the primary time an Apple automobile has been concerned in a crash.
Apple’s check autos are outfitted with a bunch of sensors and cameras, and whereas they’re autonomous, each has a pair of drivers inside. On the present time, Apple is testing its software program in additional than 60 autos.
It’s not but clear what Apple plans to do with its self-driving software program, however it might be added to present automobiles and there are nonetheless rumors suggesting Apple is working on its own Apple-branded vehicle that might come out by 2025.
Apple can be engaged on a self-driving shuttle service referred to as “PAIL,” an acronym for “Palo Alto to Infinite Loop.” The shuttle program will transport staff between Apple’s workplaces in Silicon Valley.
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