Self-driving shuttle crashes in Las Vegas hours after launch

Michele Moreno
November 10, 2017

The truck was reversing into a loading dock, but the driver of the truck couldn't see the shuttle.

To be fair to the shuttle, the fender bender Wednesday was caused by the other driver - in this case a delivery truck that backed into the front of the shuttle, which stopped after it sensed it was in danger of collision, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Navaya, a French company that operates a driverless shuttle on the campus of the University of MI in Ann Arbor, built the Las Vegas shuttle, Fox News reported.

The accident is believed to be the fault of a human truck driver who emerged from a side alley and failed to stop his vehicle. The group will also survey riders before and after each trip to understand why the majority of Americans remain anxious about self-driving technology, and whether the shuttle experience changes their mind.

At the unveiling ceremony, officials promoted it as the nation's first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared toward the public.

An autonomous shuttle operating in Las Vegas has gotten off to a shaky start.

The vehicle was using self-driving technology developed by French company Navya, and typically travels at about 15 miles per hour as it carries people along the Las Vegas strip.

"We're seeing a change in technology that's fundamentally changing how people view transportation-it's changing mobility, and it's changing cars", says John Moreno, AAA's manager of public affairs.

The Las Vegas shuttle is designed and built by a French company called Navya, and has lidar, GPS, and camera sensors. Safety features include the ability to automatically and immediately brake in the event of a pedestrian crossing in the path of the vehicle. The shuttle underwent testing in the city earlier this year. Back in September, Navya and transport company Keolis tested a self-driving bus in east London.

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