On 24th August, a low-speed accident occurred which is a milestone of sorts for the company, although not one that is being celebrated. Nowadays, as more companies head towards public streets to set their autonomous vehicle systems, accidents have become more common. The vast majority are nominal, low-speed incidents.
In 2014, It was reported to DMV that there was an accident which involved a self-driving vehicle; owned by Delphi. Until now this year there have been more than 40 accidents involving self-driving cars reported to CA DMV.
The very first deadly autonomous vehicle accident occurred in March in Arizona. It involved an Uber self-driving vehicle hitting a pedestrian.
According to the tech report, the Apple Test car was trying to merge onto an Expressway near its headquarters in Cupertino, California, and travel around 1 mile per hour, when it last ended by Nissan Leaf. No injuries were reported. Both sides reported minor damage to their vehicles.
Apple is tight-lipped when it comes to its own driving vehicle program. The tech company’s allowance with California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency responsible for monitoring AVs in the state, is the only official acceptance that it even has a program. In the Silicon Valley, Apple’s self-driving program has been considered as an open secret.
Also, in the recent past, CEO Tim Cook has made remarks on the company’s interest in autonomous systems. Further, in an interview with Bloomberg, he named it the mother of all AI projects. But the company doesn’t utter a word about its program or its ultimate product plan.
The tech report of the accident doesn’t tell you much, beyond the making and model of Apple’s test vehicle. 2016i Lexus RX450H was the self-driving test vehicle involved in the accident. This is exactly the same make and model that Google used to test its self-driving system.