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.More news: US, South Korea joint military drills begin in Western Pacific
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.More news: Brakes on odd-even in Delhi as NGT rejects exemptions
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.
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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.