Self-Driving Car From Apple Gets Involved in Accident – Doesn’t Appear That Vehicle in Question Was Responsible

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Aug 31, 2018
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One of the self-driving vehicles that Apple has been testing out in the form of a Lexus SUV was involved in an accident. The Cupertino tech giant was required to disclose autonomous vehicle collisions to the California DMV, and luckily, that information was published on the DMV’s website.

The accident took place on August 24 and the vehicle in question managed to receive moderate damage in the crash, but according to the accident report taken from MacRumors, it does not appear that Apple’s car was behind the damage inflicted.

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“On August 24th at 2:58 p.m., an Apple vehicle in autonomous mode was rear-ended while preparing to merge onto Lawrence Expressway South from Kifer Road. The Apple test vehicle was traveling less than 1 mph waiting for a safe gap to complete the merge when a 2016 Nissan Leaf contacted the Apple test vehicle at approximately 15 mph. Both vehicles sustained damage and no injuries were reported by either party.”

According to previous reports, Apple has been testing its self-driving software in Lexus RX450h SUVs in Cupertino, California and surrounding areas since early 2017, but an accident was never reported, until now. Apple’s test vehicles are incorporated with several sensors and cameras to monitor several elements on the road. However, in order to exercise additional precautions, each one of these self-driving cars features two drivers.

At this time, Apple is testing its software in more than 60 vehicles. There are rumours that the company will be launching its own self-driving car to take on other manufacturers, but it is stated that the tech giant is not going to be releasing anything until 2025, with the earliest possible year coming to 2023.

With the latest incident taking place, it has now been confirmed that Apple has an array of self-driving vehicles roaming in California, but for what purpose? We will find out in the future and let you know.

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