City of Las Vegas

Tammy Harvey
November 12, 2017

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

The crash happened within the shuttle's first hour of operation, according a report from local Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV. 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.

The self-driven shuttle service as it hit the roads of Las Vegas. The shuttle is the country's first autonomous shuttle to be fully integrated with "smart-city" infrastructure, communicating with traffic signals to improve safety and traffic flow.

Created to carry up to 15 people at a time, the shuttle has a max speed of 45km/h and has been created to be fully capable of driving on public roads.

The eight-passenger shuttle is now offering free rides to people along a half-mile loop in the city's Fremont East "Innovation District".

Its makers say it can safely drive up to 45 km/h.

Several people were inside the vehicle when it was hit.

Why did they launch the self-driving shuttle? The operation is part of a 12-month pilot program, the city said. Las Vegas and its partners AAA and Keolis were reminded of that shortly after the shuttle took its first trip down its 0.6-mile, three stop loop up and down the strip.

The city's police department said that the accident, which occurred a few minutes after noon, was the fault of the human driver, not the machine.

The account also tweeted: 'We are at the forefront of technology'. "Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle".

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

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