One option for Apple could be to build an autonomous driving platform for automakers.
The sensor effort means Apple wants to develop an entire chain of hardware to guide autonomous vehicles.
Apple car which was rear-ended by a human-operated Nissan Leaf was caused by human error.
During the accident both vehicles sustained damage but there were no injuries reported.
This is significant because Apple is known for its secrecy around future products and it has been seen as a drawback among AI and machine learning researchers.
It's now two weeks since the permission to test self-driving cars was granted and, finally, an Apple-powered self-driving car takes to the streets
Apple Inc has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, fuelling speculation that it is working on self-driving car technology in a crowded arena of companies hoping to offer those cars to the masses.