Electric shuttle bus returning to downtown Las Vegas roads

A driverless bus was involved in a crash hours after it was launched on Nov. 8 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 said in a statement.

The Metropolitan Police Department said the shuttle bus's minor crash happened at 12:07 p.m. Wednesday, when it collided with a delivery truck on the 100 block of South Sixth Street, near Fremont Street.

The truck driver was cited for illegal backing in the accident.

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This shuttle bus can transport up to 15 people and was aimed to be used on the city's famous strip.




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. City officials were quick to throw the human under the.shuttle as well, with one even going so far as to tell KSNV News that the whole thing could have been avoided "had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has". Less than two hours later, the vehicle got into its first accident.

The fully electric shuttle was designed for use by state and local governments and transit agencies and operators as an efficient, clean-energy alternative to the fossil-fuel powered vehicles of today.

The shuttle can be boarded at any of the three stops located on Fremont and Carson Streets between Las Vegas Boulevard and 8th Street. The autonomous buses are the brainchild of French autonomous vehicle company Navya ARMA, which is teaming up with AAA and Keolis, the company that owns and operates the shuttle, to gauge passenger enthusiasm for the product. Unfortunately, writing an algorithm that allows an autonomous vehicle to respond to the potentially erratic behavior of a human driver isn't easy.

Its 50 shuttles have already transported nearly 200,000 passengers since it first started across a range of public and private sites. But the human driver pushed on through, scraping the front fender of the Arma shuttle.

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