Self-operating Shuttle Bus Crashes After Las Vegas Launch

US self-driving shuttle crashes on first day of test service

US self-driving shuttle crashes on first day of test service

"Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop".

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.

According to local media, the minor collision happened when the truck reversed out of an alley and clipped the shuttle.

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 driver was trying to back his trailer into an alleyway on the left. The key line in this is "if the delivery truck had the same sensing equipment. the accident would have been avoided". "The shuttle bus very obediently stopped a reasonable distance from the truck and waited for it to move", said Jeff Zurschmeide.

"He probably had an expectation that the shuttle would back off and allow him to do his thing", Cummings said.

The shuttle was hit by a truck, the City of Las Vegas said in a blog post, after the truck's (human) driver failed to stop in time.

With another vehicle behind the Navya shuttle, it froze in place as the truck backed up, Moreno said.

Police were called to the scene and the truck driver was issued a ticket, Moreno said.

The human driver of the other vehicle was reportedly at fault, and there are no reported injuries from the incident. The Tesla Model S, which was steering itself, slammed into the side of a truck in Florida in 2016, killing the driver. "Or at least leaned on the horn and made our presence harder to miss".

It only took a few hours for the first self-driving taxi shuttling people around Las Vegas to collide with a vehicle being driven by a human doing something it didn't expect.

AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah (AAA) is sponsoring the nation's first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared specifically for the public.

"Automated shuttles have the ability to reduce operational expenditures by lowering per mile costs, reducing labor expenditures, and offering a variety of flexible and on-demand public transportation services when paired with advanced algorithms and smartphone apps", Susan Shaheen, a civil engineer who studies mobility innovation at UC Berkeley, told Wired.

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