A self-driving shuttle launched in Las Vegas - it didn't go well

A self-driving bus debuted in downtown Las Vegas on Nov. 8 2017

Had the driver of the delivery truck done the same, all would have been well. Las Vegas officials provided details on the incident, describing it as being so minor that the shuttle was merely "grazed" by the truck.

A driverless shuttle bus being tested in Las Vegas was involved in a crash an hour into its first day on the job - although it wasn't the vehicle's fault.

The self-driven shuttle service as it hit the roads of Las Vegas. The shuttle's sensors registered the truck and performed the correct actions, the rep said, by stopping to avoid the accident.

A driverless shuttle bus has crashed less than two hours after it launched in Las Vegas, after it stopped to avoid a collision and was "grazed" by a delivery truck. The operation is part of a 12-month pilot program, the city said.

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AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah (AAA) is sponsoring the nation's first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared specifically for the public.

The crash, apparently, was not the shuttle's fault. 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. 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.

Earlier today, Las Vegas became the first city in America to have a free, electric, self-driving shuttle enter operation. The shuttle is operated and maintained by Keolis, which also led the efforts to integrate its vehicle into the smart-city infrastructure, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas and NAVYA. If a vehicle leaves its own lane and careens towards an autonomous shuttle such as this, will it simply stop and wait for the inevitable crash, or take evasive maneuvers as a human would?

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