Autonomous shuttle test in Las Vegas has crash on first day

A driverless bus was involved in a crash in downtown on Nov. 8 2017

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

On Wednesday, a driverless shuttle debuted in Las Vegas.

The self-driven shuttle service as it hit the roads of Las Vegas.

'The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it's (sic) sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident, ' Las Vegas officials said. Unfortunately, the semi didn't stop and tapped the shuttle's front fender. The operation is part of a 12-month pilot program, the city said. Within an hour, the shuttle was already involved in a crash.

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While the optics of a self-driving shuttle getting into an accident nearly immediately after debuting aren't great, this particular situation was clearly caused by a human driver. The issue here is that while the Navya shuttle bus was able to come to a complete stop using its autonomous tech, it was unable to simply back up a few feet and get out of the reversing semi's way.

Sponsored by the AAA, the shuttle, with seating for 8, will be operated by Keolis, a transportation operator that runs the Deuce double-decker buses on the Strip, and has established a relationship with Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission. Safety features include the ability to automatically and immediately brake in the event of a pedestrian crossing in the path of the vehicle. But wait! According to a AAA spokesman, it wasn't even the shuttle's fault. The shuttle is the country's first autonomous shuttle to be fully integrated with "smart-city" infrastructure, communicating with traffic signals to improve safety and traffic flow.

Navy ARMA's driverless bus will begin shuttling passengers along a half-mile route in downtown Las Vegas.

The AAA Free Self-Driving shuttle, an Arma vehicle built by Navya that utilizes LIDAR technology and Global Positioning System, was on a test run yesterday in the Fremont East neighborhood when it was hit by a delivery truck.

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