A self driving shuttle ended up in an accident on its first day of service in Downtown, Las Vegas.
A French startup Navya designed the self driving shuttle and it is being operated by AAA and transportation company Keolis who initiated a 12 month test for their self driving vans.
The shuttle got hit by a semi-truck on its first day when it was providing free rides to the residents but the report says that the accident was the driver’s fault. The police said the shuttle “did what it was supposed to do” to avoid a crash and “had the truck had the same sensing equipment… the accident would have been avoided.”
A city government representative posted a post to elaborate the incident. The post reads:
“The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown. The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it’s sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District. The shuttle will remain out of service for the rest of the day. The driver of the truck was cited by Metro.”
“That’s the whole point of doing this, is to test it in traffic, see what happens when it’s introduced with moving cars and all those variables out there,” Mr Radke said.
However, it has now become difficult for the auto companies to prove that autonomous cars can reduce accidents that are caused by human error.
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