Self-driving shuttle bus crashes on first day of testing

Self-driving shuttle bus crashes on first day of testing

Thankfully no one was injured in the incident and while it may appear a little embarrassing for the shuttle, which is part of a joint project of insurance giant AAA (American Automobile Association), transportation company Kelois and French tech firm Nayva, the blame is being placed exclusively on the delivery driver. The truck driver was at fault according to city officials and so subsequently he was handed a ticket.

"The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown", said a representative with the City of Las Vegas. "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle had, the accident would have been avoided". AAA partnered with the city of Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Keolis North America (Keolis), which will operate and maintain the NAVYA Arma fully electric shuttle. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District.

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For the foreseeable future, though, self-driving vehicles will need to be able to coexist with those driven by humans.

The shuttle itself is made by French company Navyo and is the first self-driving shuttle bus to be introduced in the US. It seats eight people and has the ability to immediately brake automatically or manually in case anything crosses its path. They will also examine how pedestrians, cyclists, and other cars react to it.

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It's the first time the shuttles have been tested in the U.S. but they have already arrived in London, where the former Olympic park in Stratford began a trial by Navya and Keolis in September. "But the operator of the truck proceeded to back up, not judging where the vehicle was at that time", said Maurice Bell, vice-president of mobility solutions for Keolis.

"A driverless shuttle bus crashed less than two hours after it was launched in Las Vegas on Wednesday".

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It happened at the intersection of Fremont Street and N. 7th Street.

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