First US Autonomous Shuttle in Collision on First Day

Marsha Scott
November 10, 2017

"Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop". It offers free rides to let people experience autonomous transportation for the first time.

According to Jace Radke, "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".

A spokesperson for the City of Las Vegas has said that there were no injuries in the collision as it was just a "fender bender" with expectations the bus will be back on the road today (9 November).

As the Las Vegas shuttle accident illustrates, however, one of the biggest challenges may be getting human drivers used to autonomous vehicles. The driver of the truck was cited for "unsafe backing".

Driverless vehicles are being pegged as the future of transport. Safety features include the ability to automatically and immediately brake in the event of a pedestrian crossing in the path of the vehicle.

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The Navya and Keolis vehicle collided with a lorry while carrying several passengers in Las Vegas where the shuttles are meant to be zipping up and down its famous strip. They will also examine how pedestrians, cyclists, and other cars react to it. However, it sheds light on the various issues that may arise when such cars navigate.

Maurice Bell, vice president of Mobility Solutions for Keolis Transit America, said the shuttle would continue to operate after undergoing a complete diagnostics assessment.

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 shuttle was built by a company called Navya.

The shuttle can be boarded at any of the autonomous-vehicle shuttle's three stops located on Fremont Street and Carson Street between Las Vegas Boulevard and 8 Street.

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