Apple’s self-driving car has its first confirmed crash – Roadshow
Apple's self-driving car program has been ramping up. And inevitably, a fleet of cars will wind up getting into a collision sooner or later.
According to a California DMV report (PDF), Apple's self-driving car, in this case a modified Lexus RX 450h, had such an accident just last week. It's Apple's very first reported autonomous collision on California roads, a DMV spokesperson confirmed to CNET.
The report — which appears to have been filed by Apple, not the police or the DMV — suggests that it wasn't Apple's fault. The car was barely moving when it got rear-ended by another vehicle, according to Apple's description:
On August 24th at 2:58 PM, 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.
Apple has a test fleet of 66 autonomous cars in California as of July, up from 27 in January.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bloomberg was the first to report the crash.