Autonomous shuttle test in Las Vegas has crash on first day

Chelsea West
November 12, 2017

The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown.

Thankfully no-one was injured and the damage was light, however local news reports that the driver of the truck was cited with police confirming that the shuttle bus was not at fault in the incident.

Speaking of which, the main thing we're wondering is why the damn thing didn't back up when it sensed the truck getting too close-and one passenger apparently had the same reaction.

The NAVYA Arma fully electric shuttle can transport up to 12 passengers.

Earlier today, Las Vegas became the first city in America to have a free, electric, self-driving shuttle enter operation.

Officials had hosted an unveiling ceremony just two hours before the crash to promote the oval-shaped shuttle.

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"The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident". The autonomous buses are the brainchild of French autonomous vehicle company Navya ARMA, which is teaming up with AAA and Keolis, the company that owns and operates the shuttle, to gauge passenger enthusiasm for the product.

Nearly all the incidents recorded by Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle arm, have been down to human drivers hitting the vehicles, and a major crash involving Uber's driverless cars in March was down to the driver of the other auto.

The city added it will continue operating the buses through Las Vegas' downtown area over the next year. "Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop".

Sponsored by the AAA, the shuttle, with seating for 8, will be operated by Keolis, a transportation operator that runs the Deuce double-decker buses on the Strip, and has established a relationship with Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission.

A truck backed into the self-driving shuttle, causing a relatively minor crash with no injuries.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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