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

Dianna Christensen
November 12, 2017

Things have not gone well for the first autonomous shuttle bus in Las Vegas. Police determined that the shuttle stopped when it sensed a truck was trying to back up.

Had the driver of the delivery truck done the same, all would have been well.

"The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown", the post stated. It was developed by the French company Navya and was tested in January in Las Vegas. But, the truck continued backing up until its tires touched the front of the shuttle. 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. This pilot builds on Keolis' limited shuttle launch in downtown Las Vegas in early 2017; today's launch will be the first self-driving vehicle to be fully integrated with a city's traffic infrastructure.

The accident was minor and all the passengers on the free shuttle bus operated by AAA and Keolis were unharmed during the fender bender.

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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. "Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District", claimed a representative of the Las Vegas city government in an official note on Tumblr.

A driverless shuttle bus was in a auto accident the first day the electric vehicle was being tested in Las Vegas.

The shuttle collided with a semi-truck, and although there were passengers on board, no injuries were reported, according to KSNV. While the crash will undoubtedly stoke fear among the more paranoid, artificial intelligence-fearing crowd, the best way to prove the viability of self-driving vehicles is to get more of them on public roads where passengers and drivers alike can experience the technology.

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