Over the course of a year, the self-driving shuttle aims at providing a quarter-million residents and visitors of Las Vegas with first-hand experience using autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, exposing most riders to the technology for the first time.
A new self-driving shuttle crashed on its first day of service in Las Vegas, reported The Independent.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department cited the driver of the truck.
"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".
As the Las Vegas shuttle accident illustrates, however, one of the biggest challenges may be getting human drivers used to autonomous vehicles.
Despite the fact that accident was caused by human error, the incident is bound to cast a shadow over the announcement that Google's Waymo is to launch a fleet of self-driving taxis in Phoenix which will have no human supervisor in the vehicle to take action if anything goes wrong. She added that the passengers were watching as the truck was going to hit them and then it hit them.
According to the BBC, the bus - the first of its kind to carry passengers in the United States - was travelling at a low speed in Las Vegas when it collided with a lorry. The bus has an attendant and computer monitor but no steering wheel or brake pedals. But before you jump to the obvious conclusion, Las Vegas police have charged the (human) driver of the truck!
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. Back in September, Navya and transport company Keolis tested a self-driving bus in east London. Navya already has shuttles operating in Paris, and two days ago announced another vehicle, Autonom Cab, that carries up to six people in driverless serenity at up to 56 miles per hour.