Apple records first ever self-driving car accident
Last week, Apple’s self-driving car was concerned in its first ever accident apparently triggered because of an error by a human driver and never due to Apple’s personal know-how. This is the first time Apple has disclosed a collision involving an Apple autonomous automobile in a report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
According to a DMV report from the state of California obtained by The Verge, it has been reported that one in every of Apple’s Lexus RX 450h self-driving check vehicles was concerned in a crash on August 24th.
The autonomous automobile was rear-ended by one other car with a human behind the wheel when it was making ready to merge from Kifer Road onto southbound Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale, California, close to the corporate’s headquarters in Silicon Valley.
In 2017, California’s self-driving vehicles had been concerned in 19 crashes. In a majority of instances, the autonomous car was not at fault.
The report filed by Steve Kenner, who works on Apple’s driverless tech challenge, revealed that Apple’s car was merging at lower than 1 mile per hour when a 2016 Nissan Leaf going at virtually 15 miles per hour rear-ended it. The accident came about at round three pm when the Apple car slowed and was “waiting for a safe gap to complete the merge” when it was struck on the expressway.
Although each the vehicles concerned within the crash sustained minor damages, nobody was injured within the accident, the submitting added. Apple did affirm that the corporate did file the accident report however it didn’t reveal any extra details about the crash.
It is known that Apple is part of an bold however secretive program – Project Titan, the place it’s testing its self-driving know-how with retrofitted vehicles. At least 5,000 staff working are reportedly on this challenge suggests latest reviews. It can be creating circuit boards and even a “proprietary chip” for self-driving vehicles. The Cupertino big has 66 such self-driving vehicles on the roads, with 111 drivers registered to function them.