The car from Apple first got into an accident. The unmanned Lexus RX450h was driving in a self-controlled mode when the Nissan Leaf crashed into the back of the car. The collision occurred in Sunnyvale, California. In connection with the stopper Lexus moved at a speed of 1.5 km / h, and Nissan 25 km / h, so no driver was hurt.
The California Department of Road Transport reported the incident. According to the department’s employees, this is the first time that an Apple car became a participant in an accident. However, this situation is not indicative, since the cause of the accident was the human factor, and not a software error, so it’s too early to judge the quality of the Apple car.
Nevertheless, according to the Consumer Affairs report, in most accidents involving unmanned vehicles, it was the person who “drove” into the back of the car. This may be because people are not accustomed to the behaviour of artificial intelligence, which moves only according to predetermined parameters. Every day, drivers adapt to situations on the road, for example, through non-verbal communication – so a person can understand the actions of another driver, but the program does not.
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This situation will not be a big blow for Apple, as the law remained on the side of the Lexus RX450h, and the company will continue to develop the idea of autonomous cars. Recall that in January this year, the number of cars at the disposal of the company reached 27, and in March it expanded to 45 units. Also, the company recently announced a partnership with Volkswagen. The German manufacturer will supply cars for the campus in Cupertino, and also partially develop software.