Apple self-driving vehicle program which was reportedly driving and testing around Sunnyvale California and other nearby Silicon Valley cities has involved in an accident, according to a report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
The accident occurred on 24th of August, Apple’s autonomous car Lexus RX450h SUV equipped with sensors was traveling with a speed of 1 mph as it was attempting to merge into an expressway which is near to its headquarters in Cupertino, California, While a Nissan Leaf who is going around 15 mph rear-ended in it. Both of the cars received damages but none of the passengers sitting in them received any injuries.
Apple does not talk about its Autonomous car program, the company licensed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the firm is responsible for to look for the AVs in the state. While the Apple self-driving program is considered as a open secret in the silicon valley, Apple CEO Tim Cook previously made several references regarding the company’s interest in the Autonomous program. In an interview with Bloomberg, Apple called it the mother of all AI projects but refrain from talking about its further plans in future.
For Apple, the accident is small which has caused no harm both physically and financially, therefore, continues its way to build self-driving car software. The company also expanded the test car service in California from having 27 cars in January to add 18 more cars in March. To support its program the company collaborated with Volkswagen to help start a service of fleets for the self-driving employees to provide them shuttles for Cupertino campus.
There were also some Rumors about another project named Titan which includes the manufacturing of own electric car with built-in customs of Autonomous software, but no such further information or official statement was released by the company yet.