>> Apple's self driving car has been involved in it's first accident. I'm Steven Nellis with Reuters in San Francisco. Apple has a self driving car program that it's had on the road since last year, but they've said almost nothing about it. Well the today, the California DMV has told us something.
One of Apple's self driving test cars, a Lexus SUV, was trying to merge into an expressway in Silicon Valley a few miles from the company's headquarters when it was rear-ended by a Nissan Leaf. Now the Apple car was going less than one mile an hour, and was trying to find a safe gap to complete the merge when it was rear-ended.
It's not clear whose fault it was, and it's not said in the report, but what we do know is that this proves Apple is out there testing cars on the road in California. The company has permits for more than 60 vehicles to test in California, but it said almost nothing about what it's doing.
We know that it has those permits, we know from a criminal complaint about trade secrets last month that the company had thousands of people working on its self driving car project, looking at things like motherboards and propitiatory chips to go in the car. Well this is a bit of bad news for Apple, cuz it's been in a fender bender.
It's an interesting bit of news for this self driving car business where companies like Alphabet Inc. Waymo unit, or Uber, or General Motors' Cruise Automation reporting billions of dollars into cars that can drive themselves around. Now we know that Apple is in the race and that it's out there on the roads.