A Human Driver Caused a Collision During a Self-Driving Shuttle's Debut

A driverless bus was involved in a crash in downtown on Nov. 8 2017

The truck, however continued to back up until its tires touched the front of the shuttle. "Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop", said a public information officer for the city. The driver of the truck was cited for the collision.

A day that was supposed to be a welcome one for autonomous vehicle advocates has turned into quite a bad one with news that a self-driving shuttle bus has crashed with several passengers on board. The statement finished by saying that had the truck used the same sensing equipment as the bus, the accident would have been avoided.

It didn't take long for the nation's first driverless public shuttle to crash.

The bus began its trip in downtown Las Vegas and many people were there to get a chance to ride the autonomous bus. Nevertheless, Las Vegas city representatives seem happy at the result - none of the passengers was injured and the shuttle apparently performed as it was created to.

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.

AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, is sponsoring the project and expects that 250,000 people will use the shuttle, AP reported.

While the accident is an unfortunate hiccup in Las Vegas's plan for innovative vehicles, there are a few lessons that cities can learn from this incident.

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. AAA chose Las Vegas for the launch because of the state's progressive regulations on autonomous vehicles, heavy investment in innovation, the high volume of visitors and a sunny, dry climate that's favorable for testing new driving technology.

The transportation company Keolis is operating the shuttle.

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