After considerable investment and months of preparation, a driverless bus has crashed in its first hour of service in downtown Las Vegas.
If the shuttle were capable of reversing away from the oncoming vehicle, it might have avoided the collision, but according to a statement released by city officials, the autonomous vehicle did exactly what it was supposed to do by stopping once its sensors registered the truck.
Most human drivers have been in a situation where a person begins to back up without looking behind them.
"The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown", the post stated.
The self-driven shuttle service as it hit the roads of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the semi didn't stop and tapped the shuttle's front fender.
Speaking of which, the main thing we're wondering is why the damn thing didn't back up when it sensed the truck getting too close-and one passenger apparently had the same reaction.
This is not the first time that self-driving technology has been involved in a crash.
Sponsored by the AAA, the shuttle, with seating for 8, will be operated by Keolis, a transportation operator that runs the Deuce double-decker buses on the Strip, and has established a relationship with Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission.
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 shuttle operates on a 0.6-mile loop around downtown Las Vegas and offers free rides to both locals and visitors. 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.
Passengers onboard the vehicle confirmed that the shuttle did stop ― but in the path of the truck.
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