Las Vegas Self-Driving Shuttle Crashes Within Hour of Debut


"Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle had, the accident would have been avoided".

A statement issued by the city of Las Vegas said that the crash was a minor collision and that the bus should be back on the road on Thursday after a few routine tests: 'The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown.

Metro responded to an accident involving the shuttle and a delivery truck on the 100 block of S. 6th Street, near Fremont Street, at 12:07 p.m., according to police. The driver of the truck was cited by Metro.

It took less than two hours for Las Vegas's brand new self-driving shuttle to end up in a crash on Wednesday - thanks to a human.

Dozens of people had lined up to board the shuttle, but no one was injured in the accident, which saw the bus collide with a semi-truck, KSNV reported.

The shuttle was pulled from service for the rest of the day, but the city plans to continue the pilot project.

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

The shuttle itself is made by French company Navyo and is the first self-driving shuttle bus to be introduced in the US.

The shuttle crashed just before noon not far from the Las Vegas Strip, less than two hours after officials held an unveiling ceremony to promote the vehicle.

City spokesman Jace Radke said: "The shuttle did its job in that the sensors hit on the truck, knew the truck was coming and stopped as it was supposed to do".

The shuttle is the first of its kind in the USA, and Navya, the French tech firm behind the bus, is also performing test programmes in London and Paris. The first: autonomous vehicles are not foolproof, nor have they reached their full potential.

The shuttle was built by a company called Navya.