Apple’s secretive self-driving automobile program has disclosed its first accident, in line with a report filed with the California Division of Motor Autos.
The low pace accident, which occurred August 24, is a milestone of types for the corporate, albeit not one that’s being celebrated. As of late, as extra corporations head out onto public streets to check their autonomous automobile programs, accidents have grow to be extra frequent. The overwhelming majority are minor, low-speed incidents.
There was only one accident involving a self-driving automobile (that one was owned by Delphi) reported to the DMV in 2014. To date this yr, there have been greater than 40 accidents involving self-driving automobiles reported to CA DMV.
The first fatal autonomous vehicle accident, which concerned an Uber self-driving automobile putting a pedestrian, occurred in March in Arizona.
The Apple take a look at automobile was trying to merge onto an expressway close to its headquarters in Cupertino, California, and touring about 1 mile per hour, when it was rear-ended by a Nissan Leaf, according to the report. There have been no accidents reported. Each events reported reasonable harm to their autos.
Apple doesn’t speak about its self-driving automobile program. The tech firm’s allow with the California Division of Motor Autos, the company accountable for monitoring AVs within the state, is the one official acknowledgment that it even has a program. Apple’s self-driving program has been thought-about an open secret in Silicon Valley. And extra not too long ago, CEO Tim Cook has made references to the corporate’s curiosity in autonomous programs. In an interview with Bloomberg, he known as it the mom of all AI tasks. However the firm doesn’t speak about its program or its final product plans.
The accident report doesn’t reveal a lot, past the make and mannequin of Apple’s take a look at automobile. The self-driving take a look at automobile concerned within the accident was a 2016i Lexus RX450H. This the identical make and mannequin that Google used to check its self-driving system.