Driverless vehicle involved in crash in first hour of first day

Driverless vehicle involved in crash in first hour of first day

Driverless vehicle involved in crash in first hour of first day

"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.

A Las Vegas-based self-driving shuttle service celebrated its launch day by getting into an accident with a human driver, according to a news report from local Nevada broadcast station KSNV News 3.

The driverless electric shuttle in downtown Las Vegas, pictured on November 9, 2017, is back on the road one day after it was involved in an accident with a truck.

The shuttle is manufactured by NAVYA, comes equipped with LiDAR technology, GPS, cameras, and will seat 8 passengers with seatbelts. The representative also stated, "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided".

Vegas's self-driving shuttle is operating in real-time traffic, a first for any city in the nation, and so it is being closely watched by many.

Covering a 0.6-mile loop in the Fremont East "Innovation District" of downtown Las Vegas, the all-electric, self-driving shuttle offers free rides for people to experience autonomous transportation in a real-world environment. Less than two hours later, the vehicle got into its first accident.

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NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and magic duo Penn and Teller were among the first passengers.

The shuttle service in Las Vegas is allowed to carry 15 passengers at a time, ferrying them from one place of the town to another.

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. One such autonomous vehicle, a shuttle in Las Vegas, was recently involved in a wreck.

The oval-shaped NAVYA Arma fully electric shuttle can transport up to 12 passengers. But the human driver pushed on through, scraping the front fender of the Arma shuttle.

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

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