On August 19th, in San Diego, one of the Apple cars was hit on the right-front bumper by a Hyundai Sonata who was reversing out of a parking lot. It was daylight, a dry and beautiful morning, when that accident happened (09:30 AM). At the time of the impact, the Apple car was not in autonomous driving mode. Its driver just couldn't avoid the reversing car since it was already stopped. Both vehicles suffered minor damages. The Lexus needs a new front bumper.
Four days away, in Cupertino, next to the Apple Park campus, another Apple self-driving car was involved in a minor accident. This time, the Lexus RX450h carrying all the equipment was read-ended by a Subaru Outback who was also reversing but, this time, it was the right rear fender and bumper that took the hit for the Lexus. It was around 8:30 PM, and it was dark outside.
Still, the weather was nice, and the sky was clear. Worth mentioning that the Apple car was in manual mode, and it was stopped. See the attached accident report below.
Interestingly, these are the first two collisions since September 2019 for Apple self-driving cars, and, according to California DMV, they covered more than 18,000 miles in 2020.
Apple began testing its self-driving cars in 2017 and installed all the equipment on Lexus RX450h hybrid SUVs, and the testing program went well. Strangely though, it looks like the tech giant will have an autonomous system ready for self-driving before it has a car to install it on.