Autonomous shuttle test in Las Vegas has crash on first day

Autonomous shuttle test in Las Vegas has crash on first day

A City of Las Vegas representative said in a statement that the shuttle "did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident".

Thankfully no-one was injured and the damage was light, however local news reports that the driver of the truck was cited with police confirming that the shuttle bus was not at fault in the incident. The exact circumstances of the accident are unknown; we have no idea if the autonomous shuttle was simply unable to back up to avoid the accident or if there was another vehicle too close to the shuttle bus to allow it to reverse out of harm's way.

Technology onboard the Vegas shuttle was developed by Navya.

This shuttle bus can transport up to 15 people and was aimed to be used on the city's famous strip.

Early Wednesday morning the City of Las Vegas Twitter account wrote: 'Look Ma, no driver!' We're launching the nation's first self-driving shuttle geared for the public in #DTLV at 10am!'

It does seem however that this technology is not quite ready yet though, after a self-driving bus crashed just two hours after launching. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District.

AAA has partnered with Keolis, the city of Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada on the shuttle project, which offers free rides for up to 11 passengers as it travels a half-mile loop in the Fremont East neighborhood. That's questionable, but it remains true that one of the biggest hurdles for autonomous cars to overcome is the unpredictability of other human drivers In March, a self-driving Volvo XC90 developed by Uber rolled over after colliding with another auto whose driver failed to yield like he was supposed to.

Its 50 shuttles have already transported nearly 200,000 passengers since it first started across a range of public and private sites. Unfortunately, the semi didn't stop and tapped the shuttle's front fender.

A truck backed into the self-driving shuttle, causing a relatively minor crash with no injuries.