An Apple self-driven car met with an accident on Friday. The accident occurred at nearly 3 pm when the car was trying to merge onto the expressway near the company headquarters in Cupertino. The vehicle, a Lexus RX450h, was damaged from the behind, according to Steve Kenner.
Apple has been working on a high profile ( kept low profile) self-driven car. According to the official report submitted by the DMV
“An Apple test 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.
There are 66 autonomous testing-approved vehicles available with Apple. Apple completed the formalities and met the protocol in 2017, allowing them to test such vehicles. The protocol became more strict after the Uber incident in March when one of their self-driven cars killed a woman in Arizona. This incident raised a lot of concern for companies working on similar projects.
More about Apple’s self-driven car project
Apple has already become the biggest player in the technology world. It is now trying to recreate their legacy in the self-driven cars niche. Apple’s electric and self-driving car project, known as ‘Project Titan’, has been in news for a few months. They made headlines when they hired Ex- Tesla head engineer Doug Field to head their car project.
Apple has revived its car project ” Project Titan” after shelving it earlier in 2014. Around 5000 employees are working on the project. Hiring Doug Field was a major statement by Apple, warning its competitors of its advances in the field of the self-driven car project. Apple hopes to release its electric car in the market by 2023.