Self-Driving Bus Crashes Within Two Hours of Launch in Las Vegas

  • Self-Driving Bus Crashes Within Two Hours of Launch in Las Vegas

Self-Driving Bus Crashes Within Two Hours of Launch in Las Vegas

However, some people are critical of the autonomous vehicle, claiming that a human driver would have been able to avoid the collision by moving out of the way rather than waiting to be hit by the truck. Two hours after the launch, the bus was involved in a crash with a truck. Unfortunately, it's apparently unable to pull off more complicated maneuvers to dodge delivery truck drivers who can't check their mirrors.

Speaking to the BBC, a spokesman for the City of Las Vegas said the crash was nothing more than a minor "fender bender" and that the shuttle would more than likely be back out on the road on Thursday, after the mainly cosmetic damage was repaired after some routine diagnostics tests. Awkwardly for the Navya Arma, the autonomous vehicle, it got hit on the same day that it went into service causing doubts about the nascent technology. And then it hit us.

"He probably had an expectation that the shuttle would back off and allow him to do his thing", Cummings said. "The shuttle just stayed still".

According to one of the shuttle's passengers, the collision seemed to happen in "slow-motion".

In a further statement on the City of Las Vegas tumblr page, the city said the shuttle was "grazed" by the truck and the incident would have been avoided had "the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has". "As the driver was swinging the trailer into the alley, the tractor portion of the truck was coming right at us - very slowly".

Vegas officials were bullish in their response toquestions about the overall safety of AI-driven vehicles on public roads.

The vehicle didn't crash due to a software error. The AAA said human error was responsible for more than 90% of the 30,000 deaths on USA roads in 2016, and that robotic cars could help reduce the number of incidents.

The shuttle is also sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, Keolis North America and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

According to a report, the bus "has an attendant and a computer monitor, and uses Global Positioning System and electric curb sensors instead of brake pedals or a steering wheel".