Nation's First Driverless Shuttle Involved in Collision - in First Hour of Service

Posted November 10, 2017

"We believe our Las Vegas pilot will allow the public to experience this exciting technology for themselves and allow their voices to be heard as AAA studies how autonomous transportation can be safely deployed for public use". But within two hours it had already been involved in a minor crash with a [truck].

There were no injuries reported, and the shuttle didn't suffer any major damage, according to a report by a local Fox news station.

"We were all like, 'Oh my gosh, he's going to hit us, he's going to hit us, ' and then, BAM!" she said.

Despite the fact that accident was caused by human error, the incident is bound to cast a shadow over the announcement that Google's Waymo is to launch a fleet of self-driving taxis in Phoenix which will have no human supervisor in the vehicle to take action if anything goes wrong.

"The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown", the city of Las Vegas confirmed in a statement. However, the truck continued to back up until its tires touched the front of the shuttle, resulting in the citation for the truck driver for unsafe backing.

The bus, just minding its own business, stopped the moment it saw the truck but was sadly unable to avoid the rather considerable scraping it received.

According to city officials, it was the driver of the lorry that the bus crashed into that was at fault and not the technology itself.

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 bus has an attendant and a computer monitor and guides itself with Global Positioning System and sensors. It has a top speed of just under 30 miles per hour. The shuttle comes from Navya, which actually demonstrated the technology earlier this year around the same time as the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.

The shuttle was built by a company called Navya. The bus traveled only a short distance and was only available for a few days but it was open to anyone who wanted to get a preview of the future.