Self-driving bus crashes in first hour of service

Violet Tucker
November 12, 2017

The shuttle was performing a test ride with passengers downtown when it was grazed by a delivery truck around noon, the city said.

Las Vegas Police say the human behind the wheel of the truck was at fault over the crash on Wednesday and the driver was cited for illegal backing. The exact circumstances of the accident are unknown; we have no idea if the autonomous shuttle was simply unable to back up to avoid the accident or if there was another vehicle too close to the shuttle bus to allow it to reverse out of harm's way.

The shuttle is manufactured by NAVYA, comes equipped with LiDAR technology, GPS, cameras, and will seat 8 passengers with seatbelts.

AAA has partnered with Keolis to sponsor a 12-month trial of the Arma shuttle bus in Las Vegas, which is aimed at transporting 250,000 residents and visitors around a 0.6 mile circuit in downtown Fremont East's "Innovation District".

Earlier today, Las Vegas became the first city in America to have a free, electric, self-driving shuttle enter operation. The shuttle's sensors registered the truck and performed the correct actions, the rep said, by stopping to avoid the accident.

Several people were inside the vehicle when it was hit.

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The shuttle itself is made by French company Navyo and is the first self-driving shuttle bus to be introduced in the US.

The city added it will continue operating the buses through Las Vegas' downtown area over the next year. Self-driving vehicles aim to curb these human-related errors by automating the entire process, putting machines in control of what is now performed by humans.

Navya's autonomous electric vehicle shuttle doesn't hit overly high speeds, shuffling along a downtown circuit at around 24km/h.

The account also tweeted: 'We are at the forefront of technology'. "Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop".

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

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