Safety Probe Coming For Vegas Self-Driving Shuttle Accident

  • Safety Probe Coming For Vegas Self-Driving Shuttle Accident

Safety Probe Coming For Vegas Self-Driving Shuttle Accident

Federal transportation safety officials headed to Las Vegas on Friday to investigate a collision this week between a self-driving shuttle bus on its first day of service and a truck, which was blamed on human error.

We've already seen the first fatal crash involving a self-driving auto, but the Navya bus isn't traveling long distances or operating on highways-it only goes about 15 MPH and runs on a route about 0.6 miles long.

Describing the incident, the city council noted that the human driver was cited by police, and pointed out that if the truck had been equipped with the same sensor equipment, the accident would not have happened. Even though the vehicle could be used for extended periods without human intervention, it was not created to stop if a truck was crossing in front of it, the agency's report concluded.

With another vehicle behind the Navya shuttle, it froze in place as the truck backed up, Moreno said.

"This is exactly the kind of real-world scenario that this pilot is attempting to learn from", said John Moreno, a spokesman for AAA, formerly the American Automobile Association, which is sponsoring the self-driving shuttle in Las Vegas.

"Working together and sharing information will ensure this new technology is safely implemented for the public, and that's AAA's top priority", the organization said in a statement.

On Wednesday, to much fanfare, a self-driving electric shuttle bus launched in Las Vegas.

"What the autonomous shuttle bus didn't expect was that the truck would back up towards it", he said.

"That's a critical point", Zurschmeide wrote on

"We had about 20 feet of empty street behind us (I looked) and most human drivers would have thrown the vehicle into reverse and used some of that space to get away from the truck", Zurschmeide wrote. "Or at least leaned on the horn and made our presence harder to miss", said Zurschmeide. The AAA said human error was responsible for more than 90% of the 30,000 deaths on U.S. roads in 2016, and that robotic cars could help reduce the number of incidents. There have been 12 crashes in California alone since September 8 involving General Motors Co's self-driving unit, Cruise Automation.

The vehicle, which was making its debut on public roads in the USA city, was hit by a truck (with a human driver) within two hours of launching.