Daily Briefing: Apple self-driving car involved in crash
A self-driving car owned by tech giant Apple was involved in an accident in which no one was hurt.
The modified Lexus RX450h was hit from behind by a human driver in a Nissan Leaf, California’s road authority confirmed.
The car is thought to be part of Apple’s Project Titan programme, which is testing 66 cars on public roads, but the company has not confirmed this.
“An Apple test vehicle in autonomous mode was rear-ended while preparing to merge onto Lawrence Expressway South from Kifer Road,” the incident description reads.
“The Apple test vehicle was travelling less than 1mph waiting for a safe gap to complete the merge when a 2016 Nissan Leaf contacted the Apple test vehicle at approximately 15mph.
“Both vehicles sustained damage and no injuries were reported by either party.”
New iPhones to be unveiled next week?
Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone models on September 12th.
The tech giant announced an event on that date at the Steve Jobs Theater on the company’s Cupertino campus in California.
It is widely expected that the next models of its iconic smartphone will be unveiled there, with analysts predicting three new devices.
Technology news website 9to5Mac said the new flagship model will be called the iPhone XS and that Apple also plans to release a new version of the Apple Watch with a larger display.
Drone flown ‘deliberately’ at light aircraft
A pilot has claimed that a drone was deliberately flown at his plane as it was coming in to land.
The PA-31 twin-engined plane was heading in to RAF Northolt in west London in June when the drone is said to have approached and passed 20 feet under the aircraft.
A report from the UK Airprox Board said the object was “identified as a small white drone of the lightweight hobbyist type.
The report added: “It passed close to his right wing and was possibly launched from a park.”
The pilot said he had “no doubt that it was being deliberately flown under the flight path in an attempt to collide with an aircraft”.
Sky to step up tech investments
Sky plans to increase its investments in tech start-ups in Europe and the Middle East.
The UK media giant will open a new office in Germany and invest $4 million in Israeli venture capital fund Remagine Ventures.
Sky has distribution platforms in Britain, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Austria.
New home devices could boost rural 4G
A device which could boost 4G and Internet of Things connectivity in rural areas has been trialled in Australia.
Vodafone Australia said the devices are the size of a modem and installed on users’ rooftops or exterior walls then plugged into power sources and existing broadband connections.
It claimed each device delivered 4G coverage to more than eight square kilometres on a potato farm.
“The plug-and-play device delivers 4G voice and data services in locations where commercial networks are not traditionally deployed, or where coverage is patchy or unavailable,” Vodafone said.
“It also provides Internet of Things connectivity, giving farmers the opportunity to evolve and automate their processes via agriculture and farming IoT solutions.”