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Apple’s self-driving cars experience minor accidents within a week of each other

Apple’s self-driving automotive fleet has skilled two accidents inside per week of one another.

As reported by MacRumors, two of Apple’s self-driving vehicles have been in minor accidents this month. The California DMV posted experiences of every accident this week displaying that, in each instances, somebody rear-ended Apple’s vehicles whereas they had been idle in visitors.

The primary incident [PDF] occurred in San Diego, California within the Hillcrest space on August 19. The Lexus RX 450h was stopped in visitors and was hit by a Hyundai. The accident was described as minor with no accidents.

The second accident [PDF] occurred on August 23 in Cupertino, California, proper close to the Apple Park campus. The automobile with Apple’s self-driving tools was in handbook mode and it was stopped in visitors when it was rear ended by a Subaru Outback.

Fortunately every accident was minor and in neither case was it the fault of Apple’s self-driving vehicles. That is nice information as, if it went the opposite manner, it will be fairly worrisome for anybody who’s fascinated about finally buying the corporate’s rumored electrical Apple Automotive.

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Apple has been lately including to its self-driving fleet. A report from the start of August famous that the corporate has expanded the variety of drivers for its fleet by 20 %:

Now, in keeping with the California DMV, slightly greater than two months later, we see that Apple has added one other automotive to its fleet for a complete of 69 autos with an autonomous automobile allow registered with the California DMV. They’ve additionally added again a major variety of drivers since Might. They now, as of July 30th, have 92 driver permits – up from 76 in Might. The variety of drivers continues to be down considerably from October 2020 once we reported that Apple had 154 driver permits.

Rumors proceed to swirl round Apple releasing its personal electrical automotive. The newest projections present the corporate releasing Apple Automotive as early as 2025, however most count on a launch nearer to 2030.