【苹果自动驾驶汽车“自动模式”测试中发生车祸】

【苹果自动驾驶汽车“自动模式”测试中发生车祸】据外媒报道,根据加利福尼亚州DMV提交的文件,苹果公司的一款自动驾驶汽车在“自动模式”测试中,对一辆人类驾驶的汽车日产Leaf发生追尾,事故地点位于加州的桑尼维尔。所幸事故没有造成人员伤亡,但是两台车辆都有一定程度的损坏。另外,消费者事务部的报告发现,近些年自动驾驶汽车造成的追尾事故数量有所增加。

In a report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the iPhone maker said its self-driving Lexus RX 450h (pictured) was rear-ended by a human driver in a Nissan Leaf

One of Apple's self-driving cars was involved in a minor car crash for the first time.

In a report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the iPhone maker said its self-driving Lexus RX 450h was rear-ended by a human driver in a Nissan Leaf.

No humans were hurt in the collision, but both of the vehicles sustained some damage.

'On August 24th at 2:58 p.m., an Apple test vehicle in autonomous mode was rear-ended while preparing to merge onto Lawrence Expressway South from Kifer Road,' the filing states.

'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,' it continued.

An Apple spokesman confirmed that the company had filed the report but did not comment further.

He declined to respond to questions about whether the trailing car could have been at fault.

The crash happened in Sunnyvale, California, which isn't too far from Apple's Cupertino headquarters.

It was dry, clear and there were no unusual conditions at the time of the incident, the filing added.

No humans were hurt in the collision, but both of the vehicles sustained some damage. An Apple spokesman confirmed the report but declined to respond to any further questions

A recent Consumer Affairs report found that autonomous vehicles are increasingly involved in accidents where they're rear-ended by human-piloted cars.

It appears to be a result of self-driving cars driving too cautiously.

Apple isn't the only firm that has reported an accident involving one of its autonomous cars.

GM, Toyota and Google's self-driving car unit, Waymo, all reported crashes in August.

The DMV filing confirms that Apple is still in the race to test autonomous vehicles.

Apple executives have never publicly spoken about the company's self-driving car program, but filings in a criminal court case last month confirmed that the company had at least 5,000 employees working on the project and that it was working on circuit boards and a 'proprietary chip' related to self-driving cars.

Apple's first public acknowledgement of interest in self-driving cars came in a letter to U.S. transportation regulators in late 2016 urging them not to restrict testing of the vehicles

 

Apple is entering a crowded field where rivals such as Waymo and traditional carmakers such as GM's Cruise Automation, as well as startups such as Silicon Valley's Zoox, are pouring billions of dollars into cars that can drive themselves.

Apple's efforts remained shrouded in secrecy until years after its rivals like Google had begun testing on public roads.

The iPhone maker's first public acknowledgement of interest in the field came in a letter to U.S. transportation regulators in late 2016 urging them not to restrict testing of the vehicles.

Last year, Apple secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California.

It has been testing cars on the road since last year and now has permits for more than 60 vehicles.

Apple researchers also last year published their first public research on cars, a software system that could help spot pedestrians more readily.

The firm has also filed various patents dealing with cars, including a recent document describing chairs that could fold into a safer position and produce haptic feedback to alert drivers - both of which could have applications in self-driving automobiles.

The safety of self-driving cars has become a source of concern for U.S. transportation regulators this year after one of Uber's vehicles struck and killed a woman in March in Arizona, prompting the company to shut down its testing efforts for a time.

Uber has said it plans to have self-driving cars back on the road by the end of the year.

The California DMV said it has received it has received 95 autonomous vehicle collision reports as of Aug. 31.

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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6127299/Apple-self-driving-car-autonomous-mode-rear-ended-Nissan-reported-crash.html

 


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