Oops: Self-Driving Bus Crashes Two Hours After Vegas Launch

A driverless shuttle in Las Vegas crashed just hours after it was unveiled Wednesday

So far, the driverless shuttles are doing better than the drivers of trucks. The truck driver was at fault according to city officials and so subsequently he was handed a ticket.

Shortly after the shuttle began running, it was involved in a minor accident when a delivery truck backed into it, grazing the shuttle's front tires.

A self-driving bus that made its big debut in Las Vegas was not on the road for very long as it crashed less than two hours later. The shuttle will remain out of service for the rest of the day.

Before it crashed, dozens of people had lined up to get a free trip on a 0.6-mile loop around Fremont East, Las Vegas, including Nascar driver Danica Patrick and magic duo Penn and Teller. Its vice-president of mobility solutions, Maurice Bell, said the bus will scoot through Las Vegas at no more than 15 miles per hour.

The oval-shaped electric vehicle, developed by the French company Navya, can transport up to 12 passengers, and has an attendant and computer monitor on board, but no steering wheel and no brake pedal.




During the incident in downtown Las Vegas, the bus automatically stopped to try avoid an accident after its sensors detected the truck, the city said.

The pilot project will test how the self-driving shuttle fares as part of the city's transportation network while exposing the public to driverless technology. AAA chose Las Vegas for the launch because of the state's progressive regulations on autonomous vehicles, heavy investment in innovation, the high volume of visitors and a sunny, dry climate that's favorable for testing new driving technology.

Maurice Bell, vice president of Mobility Solutions for Keolis Transit America, said the shuttle would continue to operate after undergoing a complete diagnostics assessment.

The shuttle was built by a company called Navya.

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