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Vegas Self-Driving Shuttle Crashes

Vegas Self-Driving Shuttle Crashes”

While autonomous technology has removed a human being from the driver's seat, it hasn't removed human error from driving. By GCR Staff0 CommentsAutonomous public transport got off to a bumpy start in Las Vegas this week when the city's first self-driving shuttle bus was involved in a minor accident just two hours after starting its rounds.

Three-quarters of United States drivers report feeling afraid to ride in a self-driving auto, the AAA found in a survey in March, and only 10% say they would feel safer sharing the roads with driverless vehicles. None of the shuttle passengers were reported to be injured. The autonomous vehicle reacted appropriately by registering the truck and stopping, but didn't react when the truck continued coming towards it.

The city of Las Vegas is not placing fault on the autonomous vehicle, but rather the human truck driver, who was cited, according to a statement from the city on its Tumblr page. There are no reports of any injuries or fatalities as a result of the crash, and the truck driver was lucky enough to walk away with a ticket.

The Las Vegas self-driving shuttle is a 12-month pilot project by AAA and Keolis, a transportation management company.

The buses, made by a French company, offer free rides on a 0.6 mile (about 0.96 kilometer) route around a district the city is developing as a technology hub.



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