Driverless vehicle involved in crash in first hour of first day

Driverless vehicle involved in crash in first hour of first day

Kerry Wise
November 10, 2017

The Navya-built shuttle, which began operating on November 8 in Las Vegas, was involved in a collision with a delivery truck in the shuttle's first hour of service, according to a report by KSNV News 3 Las Vegas. Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle.

Police gave the truck driver a citation.

It took less than two hours for Las Vegas's brand new self-driving shuttle to end up in a crash on Wednesday - thanks to a human.

They determined that the shuttle came to a stop when it sensed the truck was attempting to back up.

The driver of the delivery truck was cited by police for illegal backing. The group will also survey riders before and after each trip to understand why the majority of Americans remain anxious about self-driving technology, and whether the shuttle experience changes their mind.

A new self-driving shuttle crashed on its first day of service in Las Vegas, reported The Independent.

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The bus began its trip in downtown Las Vegas and many people were there to get a chance to ride the autonomous bus.

The electric vehicles, which have eight seats, are made by Navya, a French company.

Navya is now testing this technology in other cities too.

The shuttle is sponsored by AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, and in a year-long pilot project is expected to ferry 250,000 people at a top speed of 15 miles per hour. Safety features include the ability to automatically and immediately brake in the event of a pedestrian crossing in the path of the vehicle.

While the accident is an unfortunate hiccup in Las Vegas's plan for innovative vehicles, there are a few lessons that cities can learn from this incident. California recently approved rules that will let autonomous vehicles drive without anyone behind the wheel.

The transportation company Keolis is operating the shuttle.