One of Apple’s self-driving Lexus SUVs was involved in an accident on August 24. The vehicle was rear-ended by a 2016 Nissan Leaf traveling at a speed of nearly 15mph. Apple’s own vehicle was traveling at a speed of less than 1mph.
While both the involved vehicles suffered damage, no one was injured. The accident occurred on August 24th at 2:58 p.m. when Apple’s autonomous vehicle was “preparing to merge onto Lawrence Expressway South from Kifer Road.”
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.
Apple is required to reveal all incidents relating to its self-driving vehicles to the California DMV and details about the above incident were published on the DMV’s website.
Apple uses Lexus RX450h SUVs as one of its self-driving vehicles in California, Cupertino, and other neighboring areas. The same vehicle is also used by Google as its test mule. While the vehicles are self-driving, to abide by the laws, Apple has to ensure that there are always two drivers inside the vehicles.
Apple is using its self-driving cars to collect data for Apple Maps while also working on refining its autonomous driving tech for future purposes.