The human driver of the truck, who was backing out at the time, was cited by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for the crash, which KSNV-TV reported occurred within the first hour of the shuttle's operation. "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided". The issue here is that while the Navya shuttle bus was able to come to a complete stop using its autonomous tech, it was unable to simply back up a few feet and get out of the reversing semi's way.
The eight-passenger shuttle is now offering free rides to people along a half-mile loop in the city's Fremont East "Innovation District".
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.
It does seem however that this technology is not quite ready yet though, after a self-driving bus crashed just two hours after launching. This pilot builds on Keolis' limited shuttle launch in downtown Las Vegas in early 2017; today's launch will be the first self-driving vehicle to be fully integrated with a city's traffic infrastructure. 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.
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All three students hit by the auto were Chinese, while the driver told police he rammed them "deliberately", local media said. One hundred Chinese students were enrolled this year on an MBA course at the institute, the local paper said.
While the shuttle remained out of service for the rest of the day, the tests are set to continue for the duration of the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District, officials say.
Nearly all the incidents recorded by Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle arm, have been down to human drivers hitting the vehicles, and a major crash involving Uber's driverless cars in March was down to the driver of the other auto.
The account also tweeted: 'We are at the forefront of technology'. It was hit by an incoming delivery truck dispelling rumours that there was something wrong with self-driving algorithm used as the shuttle "did what it was supposed to do".