Driverless Bus Crashes on First Day

by Abel Hampton November 10, 2017, 0:24
Driverless Bus Crashes on First Day

Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided.

The police department, though, cited the driver of a delivery truck for illegal backing in the collision with the shuttle in downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, and authorities said no injuries were reported in the accident. Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle.

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.

A self-driving shuttle bus in Las Vegas has crashed into a lorry on its first day of testing, but police have said that the human driver of the lorry was to blame and have given him a ticket.

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.

The vehicle was using self-driving technology developed by French company Navya, and typically travels at about 15 miles per hour as it carries people along the Las Vegas strip.

The driverless shuttle is part of a joint project of insurance giant AAA (American Automobile Association), transportation company Kelois and French tech firm Nayva.

Developed by French company Navya, it uses Global Positioning System, electronic kerb sensors and other technology to find its way at no more than 15mph. The statement also indicated that testing of the shuttle will continue as planned. It seats eight people and has the ability to immediately brake automatically or manually in case anything crosses its path.

The incident is sure to see some asking questions of the pace at which autonomous vehicles are entering public roads, given that Google's Waymo division is about to launch a fleet of autonomous taxis on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona.

Navya has a fleet of 50 autonomous shuttle buses deployed worldwide, and says that it has carried over 200,000 passengers so far.


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