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Driverless Shuttle Bus Crashes During its Debut In Vegas

Driverless Shuttle Bus Crashes During its Debut In Vegas”

The future is headed to Las Vegas in the form of a driverless, electric bus that will begin shuttling passengers along a half-mile downtown route beginning Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.

The Kelolis driverless shuttle bus crashed with a semi-truck.

The driver of the semi-truck was cited for the crash.

Its makers say it can safely drive up to 45 km/h.

The shuttle crashed just before noon not far from the Las Vegas Strip, less than two hours after officials held an unveiling ceremony to promote the vehicle.

A self-driving shuttle in downtown Las Vegas was involved in a wreck minor today, the first day of a monthlong trial period. We're launching the nation's first self-driving shuttle geared for the public in #DTLV at 10am!' The autonomous buses are the brainchild of French autonomous vehicle company Navy ARMA, which is teaming up with AAA to gauge passenger enthusiasm for the product.

No injuries were reported and the shuttle did not sustain major damage.

Police say the crash blocked traffic near the Fremont Street entertainment district. It doesn't have a steering wheel or any pedals, but an attendant rides onboard to oversee operations via a computer monitor.

The shuttle uses Global Positioning System, electronic curb sensors and other technology to make its way. "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided".

Maurice Bell, vice president of Mobility Solutions for Keolis Transit America, said the shuttle would continue to operate after undergoing a complete diagnostics assessment.

The pilot project is sponsored by AAA in partnership with Keolis.

The account also tweeted: 'We are at the forefront of technology'.



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