Oops: Self-Driving Bus Crashes Two Hours After Vegas Launch

Oops: Self-Driving Bus Crashes Two Hours After Vegas Launch

Oops: Self-Driving Bus Crashes Two Hours After Vegas Launch

The vehicle, which was making its debut on public roads in the USA city, was hit by a truck (with a human driver) within two hours of launching.

Federal transportation safety officials headed to Las Vegas on Friday to investigate a collision this week between a self-driving shuttle bus on its first day of service and a truck, which was blamed on human error. The year-long pilot project, sponsored by AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, is expected to carry 250,000 people. The collision took place, local news outlet KSNV News 3 Las Vegas reported, within the very first hour of operation.

In this case, the pod-like Navya SAS shuttle had been behind the truck, which stopped, shifted into reverse and began backing up slowly to turn into the alley. The Tesla Model S, which was steering itself, slammed into the side of a truck in Florida in 2016, killing the driver. Damage was minor, and no one was hurt, police said. The shuttle will remain out of service for the rest of the day.

The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown.

"The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it's (sic) sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident", the city said in a statement. "Unfortunately the human element - the driver of the truck - didn't stop", public information officer Jace Radke said.

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With another vehicle behind the Navya shuttle, it froze in place as the truck backed up, Moreno said.

"Automated shuttles have the ability to reduce operational expenditures by lowering per mile costs, reducing labor expenditures, and offering a variety of flexible and on-demand public transportation services when paired with advanced algorithms and smartphone apps", Susan Shaheen, a civil engineer who studies mobility innovation at UC Berkeley, told Wired.

While citing the actions of the two drivers as the primary cause, the safety board ruled that Tesla's Autopilot design also contributed to the accident.

The bus was developed by French company Navya and uses Global Positioning System, electronic kerb sensors and other technology to find its way along Vegas streets with a strict 15mph limit.

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