Self-Driving Bus Crashes Within Two Hours of Launch in Las Vegas

Self-Driving Bus Crashes Within Two Hours of Launch in Las Vegas

Self-Driving Bus Crashes Within Two Hours of Launch in Las Vegas

A self-driving shuttle, unveiled Wednesday in downtown streets of USA city of Las Vegas, and reported by local media as the first this kind of service to public in a big city, was involved in a minor crash hours after it was launched by the officials.

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

The NTSB investigated a May 2016 crash of a Tesla Inc Model S that killed a driver using the vehicle's semi-autonomous "Autopilot" system. The collision was a minor incident, and no injuries were reported - only dents to the shuttle's exterior paneling.

Wednesday's fender bender of the Vegas shuttle wasn't the first self-driving vehicle crash, but it was the first involving one operating in public service, a representative for the National Transportation Safety Board told the news service Reuters. Awkwardly for the Navya Arma, the autonomous vehicle, it got hit on the same day that it went into service causing doubts about the nascent technology. Authorities have said one of the semi-truck's tires tapped the front bumper of the bus.

"He probably had an expectation that the shuttle would back off and allow him to do his thing", Cummings said. "The shuttle just stayed still". Ironically, it seems that the human driver of the other vehicle involved was to blame, and not the bus.

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"The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped", the city said.

The oval-shaped shuttle that can transport up to 12 people has an attendant and computer monitor, but no steering wheel and no brake pedals.

The transportation company Keolis is operating the shuttle. "The shuttle bus very obediently stopped a reasonable distance from the truck and waited for it to move", said Jeff Zurschmeide. It drove up to eight passengers alongside real traffic along a half-mile route, with plans to carry 250,000 riders in a year-long trial. "This is one of the most advanced pieces of technology on the planet, and it's just now learning how to interact with humans and human driving".

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