Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Self-driving shuttle hit by truck just hours into Las Vegas debut

Self-driving shuttle hit by truck just hours into Las Vegas debut

No one was injured in the minor crash but passengers say the bus could have actually avoided the truck backing its way.

The collision took place, local news outlet KSNV News 3 Las Vegas reported, within the very first hour of operation. "Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop".

Navaya, a French company that operates a driverless shuttle on the campus of the University of MI in Ann Arbor, built the Las Vegas shuttle, Fox News reported. "The shuttle did what it was supposed to do and stopped". But before you jump to the obvious conclusion, Las Vegas police have charged the (human) driver of the truck!

The autonomous bus made its debut on public roads around the so called Innovation District in downtown Las Vegas in front of cameras and celebrities, dubbed America's first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared toward the public. The shuttle will remain out of service for the rest of the day.

The Las Vegas Review Journal said that police determined that the shuttle came to a brief stop when it sensed the truck was trying to back up.

The bus began its trip in downtown Las Vegas and many people were there to get a chance to ride the autonomous bus.

Developed by French company Navya, it uses Global Positioning System, electronic kerb sensors and other technology to find its way at no more than 15mph. The shuttle comes from Navya, which actually demonstrated the technology earlier this year around the same time as the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Safety features include the ability to automatically and immediately brake in the event of a pedestrian crossing in the path of the vehicle. If the U.S. can successfully facilitate a safe transition to autonomous vehicles, "the benefits are quite compelling", Moreno says.

The transportation company Keolis is operating the shuttle.

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