Apple said its first autonomous car accident in California occurred last week.
The accident during an independent driving test took place at 14:58 Pacific Time on August 24 in Santa Clara, near the Apple headquarters in Cupertino. The vehicle was a Lexus RX450h (used by Apple in its research on cars), according to filing employee Steve Kenner submitted to the California Automotive Department.
“A standalone Apple test vehicle has been set up in preparation to merge with Lawrence Expressway South from Kifer Road,” the report released Friday by the DMV said. Apple’s test vehicle was traveling at less than 1 km / h while waiting for a safety interval to complete the merger when a 2016 Nissan Leaf contacted the Apple test vehicle at about 15 mph.
Apple researched and tested autonomous cars, but its project was only revealed by occasional communications, not by the company itself. Alphabet, meanwhile, has been more transparent about finding autonomous cars in his Waymo arm.
According to the DMV, Apple has 66 autonomous vehicles approved for testing in California. Waymo has 88 and Tesla 39. Apple has received approval to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in California in 2017.
At a press conference last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple has a “big project” related to autonomy and artificial intelligence. “From our point of view, autonomy is kind of the mother of all AI projects,” Cook said.
In the past, Alphabet Waymo’s affiliates and Google have reported to the California DMV about 33 collisions involving their autonomous cars.