Apple’s autonomous vehicle for the first time in an accidentSeptember 3, 2018
Lexus, on which Apple tests the autopilot system, got into an accident during the tests in California
The Lexus RX car, equipped with an unmanned control system from Apple, got into an accident. The incident occurred during the tests in California. This is reported by Reuters, citing local authorities. According to them, this is the first road accident involving autonomous cars Apple.
The accident occurred during the rebuilding of the UAV. When the autonomous Lexus RX me a lane, it moved at a speed of 1.5 km/h. During the maneuver, Nissan Leaf crashed into the drone. As a result of the accident, both cars were damaged.
Previously, it was assumed that Apple will develop its own car with an electric power plant and autonomous control systems. It was assumed that the electric car, known under the code name Titan, will appear between 2019 and 2021.
However, in autumn 2016, Bloomberg reported that the management of Apple decided to abandon the creation of their own car. Instead, the Americans intend to concentrate on developing an autopilot, which is planned to be sold to automotive companies.
At the moment, Apple continues to invest serious amounts in the development of autonomous vehicle management systems. So, the company has already started testing new technology for unmanned vehicle control. For tests, the crossover Lexus RX is used. The tests of an unmanned vehicle take place on the roads of California.
A special device that allows the car to move autonomously is installed on the roof of the vehicle. The block contains at least 12 lidars. Also on the machine are installed numerous cameras, sensors and radars. The on-board computer at the car, most likely, is hidden in a luggage compartment.