A driverless bus got into a crash on its first day
Nov 10 2017
No one was injured in the minor crash but passengers say the bus could have actually avoided the truck backing its way.
A short time after officials held an unveiling ceremony for a driverlessshuttle in Las Vegas, it was involved in an accident with a delivery truck.
Metro responded to an accident involving the shuttle and a delivery truck on the 100 block of S. 6th Street, near Fremont Street, at 12:07 p.m., according to police. Driver of truck was cited.
If things had gone well the bus should have taken tourists and residents around a 0.6 mile loop of downtown Las Vegas.
"The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident", a comment on the city's blog said. The driver was subsequently given a ticket by Las Vegas police, the report says.
In a PR setback for those advocating for self-driving vehicles, an autonomous bus has crashed on its first day on the road in Las Vegas.
The bus began its trip in downtown Las Vegas and many people were there to get a chance to ride the autonomous bus.
AAA, which sponsors the shuttle, has partnered with the city of Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, and Keolis North America on the project.
The electric vehicles, which have eight seats, are made by Navya, a French company. The statement also indicated that testing of the shuttle will continue as planned. Safety features include the ability to automatically and immediately brake in the event of a pedestrian crossing in the path of the vehicle.
The incident is sure to see some asking questions of the pace at which autonomous vehicles are entering public roads, given that Google's Waymo division is about to launch a fleet of autonomous taxis on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona.