Driverless vehicle involved in crash in first hour of first day

A driverless bus was involved in a crash hours after it was launched on Nov. 8 2017

A driverless bus was involved in a crash hours after it was launched on Nov. 8 2017

None of the eight passengers aboard the driverless vehicle suffered injuries and neither did the truck driver. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided.

The shuttle is manufactured by NAVYA, comes equipped with LiDAR technology, GPS, cameras, and will seat 8 passengers with seatbelts.

'The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it's (sic) sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident, ' Las Vegas officials said.

The city added it will continue operating the buses through Las Vegas' downtown area over the next year. Unfortunately, the semi didn't stop and tapped the shuttle's front fender.

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.

In addition to studying how the shuttle interacts in a live traffic environment in downtown Las Vegas' busy Innovation District, AAA will survey riders on their experience in order to understand why a large percentage of consumers remain wary of driverless technology, and whether a personal experience changes their perception.

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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.

Navy ARMA's driverless bus will begin shuttling passengers along a half-mile route in downtown Las Vegas.

Earlier today, Las Vegas became the first city in America to have a free, electric, self-driving shuttle enter operation.

A spokesman for the City of Las Vegas told the BBC: "A delivery truck was coming out of an alley".

AAA, the company sponsoring the shuttle, said that 90 percent of deadly accidents occurring on the nation's roads are the result of human error. If a vehicle leaves its own lane and careens towards an autonomous shuttle such as this, will it simply stop and wait for the inevitable crash, or take evasive maneuvers as a human would?

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