Apple reports its first self-driving auto crash

A customer stands underneath an illuminated Apple logo as he looks out the window of the Apple store located in central Sydney

A customer stands underneath an illuminated Apple logo as he looks out the window of the Apple store located in central Sydney

The accident happened last week when the test vehicle, a Lexus SUV, was rear-ended by a 2016 Nissan Leaf, according to the filing on the DMV website.

An Apple autonmous vehicle was involved in an accident on August 24, marking a first for the company.

The accident occurred on August 24th at 2:58 p.m. when Apple's autonomous vehicle was "preparing to merge onto Lawrence Expressway South from Kifer Road".

Apple uses Lexus RX450h SUVs as one of its self-driving vehicles in California, Cupertino, and other neighboring areas.

In a filing with the California DMV viewed on Friday, Apple reported that one of its vehicles got rear-ended while slowly merging onto a freeway just 3.5 miles from its Cupertino, California headquarters. In other words, the human driver in the Nissan was probably expecting the Apple auto (a Lexus) to drive on or just wasn't paying attention to what was ahead. It's Apple's very first reported autonomous collision on California roads, a DMV spokesperson confirmed to CNET.

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Apple was not immediately available for comment.

At this time, Apple is testing its software in more than 60 vehicles.

The safety of self-driving cars has become a source of concern for USA transportation regulators this year after one of Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] vehicles struck and killed a woman in March in Arizona, prompting the company to shut down its testing efforts for a time. The driver of the vehicle was killed in the collision.

Self-driving cars are becoming more and more visible.

Tesla withdrew testing of its autonomous vehicles in California after a fatal crash in Arizona past year. Dozens of companies have received permits to test self-driving vehicles on California roads, but those permits require the presence of a human safety driver.

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