One of Apple's autonomous cars, currently running around Sunnyvale, California and other nearby Silicon Valley cities, entered its first accident a week ago, according to a report filed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Like many self-driving car crashes, this was not the software's fault.
The Apple car, a modified Lexus RX450h SUV carrying special equipment and sensors, traveled at just 1km / h as he was preparing to merge on the Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale when a Nissan Leaf ended it's about 15km / t. Apple's Lexus and Leaf experienced injury, but none of the person's passengers suffered any damage, says the report.
This is not an indication of Apple's progress on self-propelled cars in any way, as most self-propelled accidents tend to be caused by human error. Although it is interesting that so many companies that run autonomous vehicles in the pilot test report crash that means being backward. A report last year from Consumer Affairs said that most self-propelled car crashes imply that a human driver enters the back of a stationary or rather autonomous vehicle.
. This suggests that autonomous software manufacturers have many obstacles to those who go above and beyond to ensure that the software is capable and secure in all situations. "One possible explanation is that these cars do not run the same way people do," said Phil Koopman, a Carnegie Mellon professor and software engineer consulting car, Consumer Relations. "And if they do not run the same way people do, people's expectations for the vehicles will be wrong."
Autonomous software manufacturers may need to pay attention to how people tend to behave on the road and inject some behavior if they want to avoid these types of crashes in the future. The mix of autonomous and man-driven vehicles will only increase in the coming decades and decades, pending regulation whether these cars will be eligible for all roads and weather conditions, or whether they will be restricted to specific areas or special lanes.
For Apple, crashing is a small but inevitable bump in the road, as it continues to try to build self-propelled car software. The company expanded its fleet of test vehicles in California to 27 cars back in January, and it grew that number with 18 more cars in March. The company also collaborates with Volkswagen to help create a fleet of self-employed workers' shuttle buses on their Cupertino campus, with the German automation that supplies the cars and the Apple software.
It may be far from the company's rumored original vision for Project Titan, as it was called, which included the production of own electric car with built-in, custom, autonomous software. But Apple seems to plug together, although it has not yet talked publicly about its auto plans.