Self-Driving Shuttle Bus In Crash Two Hours Into First Day

Andrew Cummings
November 11, 2017

There have been other crashes involving self-driving vehicles but this was the first involving a self-driving vehicle operating in public service, O'Neil said.

On Wednesday, to much fanfare, a self-driving electric shuttle bus launched in Las Vegas.

Within a day, it had gotten into its first accident.

But as autonomous and driverless vehicles will long be required to share the road with human drivers they are going to have to learn how to anticipate what people do behind the wheel - and then respond when the human does something wrong. Here's what Chris Barker of the company Keolis told Las Vegas TV station KSNV News 3. The trial is sponsored by the local branch of the American Automobile Association (AAA). "Truck making delivery backed into shuttle, which was stopped", Mike Blasky said on Twitter.

The AAA said human error was responsible for more than 90% of the 30,000 deaths on United States roads in 2016, and that robotic cars could help reduce the number of incidents. The driver of the truck was cited by Metro. The shuttle will remain out of service for the rest of the day.

The Las Vegas Review Journal said that police determined that the shuttle came to a brief stop when it sensed the truck was trying to back up.

The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck in #dtlv.

"The shuttle did what it was supposed to do in that it's sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident", the city said in a statement. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District. The shuttle's front end sustained minor damage, including a crumpled front fender, and resumed service on Thursday.

The crash happened at low speed, and none of the eight passengers aboard the driver-less vehicle suffered injuries, and neither did the truck driver responsible for the collision.

The autonomous shuttle uses a system built by Navya, a French start-up that is also testing its technology in the United Kingdom and is now taking part in a 12-month trial in the USA city.

Despite the incident, the self-driving shuttle was back on its route within 24 hours, and supporters of the technology believe that there is still ample evidence to suggest that autonomous vehicles are the future of public transportation.

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