A Human Driver Caused a Collision During a Self-Driving Shuttle's Debut

Posted November 12, 2017

A representative for the city of Las Vegas said the shuttle was grazed by a delivery truck.

The bus, just minding its own business, stopped the moment it saw the truck but was sadly unable to avoid the rather considerable scraping it received.

Technology onboard the Vegas shuttle was developed by Navya.

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Created to carry up to 15 people at a time, the shuttle has a max speed of 45km/h and has been created to be fully capable of driving on public roads.

Before it crashed, dozens of people had lined up to get a free ride on a 0.6-mile loop in downtown Las Vegas. "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided".

The eight-seater vehicle, started as a pilot of Las Vegas' smart city infrastructure, experienced a minor collision after a delivery lorry reversed into it. The vehicle was reportedly involved in an accident during its first hour of operation.

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The fully electric shuttle was designed for use by state and local governments and transit agencies and operators as an efficient, clean-energy alternative to the fossil-fuel powered vehicles of today. The operation is part of a 12-month pilot program, the city said. 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.

The shuttle can be boarded at any of the autonomous-vehicle shuttle's three stops located on Fremont Street and Carson Street between Las Vegas Boulevard and 8 Street.

The account also tweeted: 'We are at the forefront of technology'.

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Its 50 shuttles have already transported nearly 200,000 passengers since it first started across a range of public and private sites. "Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop". Police say no injuries were reported crash between the self-operating vehicle and a semi-truck.