If you ask Apple about its autonomous car project, it won’t talk much. So there’s basically not much to be reported about it, at least until the company’s prototype itself made the news with a futuristic crash near the tech giant’s headquarters.
It happened on August 24 when one of Apple’s Lexus RX 450h prototypes was driving autonomously in Sunnyvale, California. It was going to merge onto the Lawrence Expressway and got rear-ended at low speed by a Nissan Leaf hatchback.
This crash has nothing to do with weather, which was good at that time. Apple said its prototype was moving slowly and waiting for a sufficient traffic gap before merging on to the highway, but it was struck from behind by a 2016 Nissan Leaf traveling at 15 mph.
Both the prototype and the Nissan were damaged due to the collision. Luckily, nobody was injured. Apple was reluctant to comment further on this incident when asked whether the trailing hatchback was the one to blame.
Getting the green light to do autonomous vehicle testing on public roads in California, Apple is allowed to work on the program with more than 60 test vehicles. The company is developing a software that would help its autonomous cars become more sensitive in detecting pedestrians.