Trucker charged after crash with self-driving bus

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

On Nov. 8, the association, in partnership with French transportation company Keolis, will launch an all-electric, self-driving shuttle in downtown Las Vegas, geared at familiarizing consumers with the nascent technology. Nevertheless, Las Vegas city representatives seem happy at the result - none of the passengers was injured and the shuttle apparently performed as it was created to. Over the course of a year, the self-driving shuttle aims at providing a quarter-million residents and visitors of Las Vegas with first-hand experience using autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, exposing most riders to the technology for the first time.

It does seem however that this technology is not quite ready yet though, after a self-driving bus crashed just two hours after launching. No one was injured in the minor crash but passengers say the bus could have actually avoided the truck backing its way.

There were no injuries reported, and the shuttle didn't suffer any major damage, according to a report by a local Fox news station.

"A little bit of that looking around and you know wondering if it was going to stop, and 'Oh my gosh, there's a vehicle behind us, kind of little hesitation, '" she said. She said the shuttle didn't have the ability to move back.

While the optics of a self-driving shuttle getting into an accident nearly immediately after debuting aren't great, this particular situation was clearly caused by a human driver.

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The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown. "Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop", said a public information officer for the city.

According to Jace Radke, "the shuttle did its job in that the sensors hit on the truck, knew the truck was coming and stopped as it was supposed to do".

The driver of the lorry which crashed with the bus was subsequently given a ticket.

The oval-shaped shuttle that can transport up to 12 people has an attendant and computer monitor, but no steering wheel and no brake pedals. It has a top speed of just under 30 miles per hour.

It's the first time the shuttles have been tested in the United States but they have already arrived in London, where the former Olympic park in Stratford began a trial by Navya and Keolis in September.

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