A Nissan Leaf rear-ended one of Apple's autonomous test vehicles, according to a filing with California's Department of Motor Vehicles. It was traveling at just 1 miles per hour and trying to merge into an expressway when a Nissan Leaf, going at 15 miles per hour, rear-ended it.
Apple's modified Lexus RX450h with autonomous sensors was rear-ended by a human driver in a Nissan Leaf, marking a collision that is being called Apple's first under the brand's autonomous driving program, Project Titan. CNBC reports that Apple has 66 self-driving cars approved for testing in California. The DMV licenses autonomous vehicle testing programs in the state. Despite that, Apple did not comment on the incident, beyond confirming that the company had filed the report.
Both vehicles sustained damage but there were no injuries, the report said.
Apple's efforts remained shrouded in secrecy until years after its rivals like Google had begun testing on public roads.
The Apple auto carrying special equipment and sensors was hit by a Nissan vehicle from behind but neither car's passengers received any injuries. There are rumours that the company will be launching its own self-driving auto to take on other manufacturers, but it is stated that the tech giant is not going to be releasing anything until 2025, with the earliest possible year coming to 2023.
Self-driving cars are becoming more and more visible.
This is the first time a collision involving an Apple autonomous vehicle has been reported by the California DMV.
The DMV has approved 56 companies to test self-driving vehicles on California roads.