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Las Vegas Self-Driving Shuttle Crashes Within Hour of Debut

By    |   Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:10 PM

Las Vegas's first self-driving shuttle crashed within its first hour of dealing with real-time traffic, the city's police department told KSNV-TV on Wednesday.

The police department, though, cited the driver of a delivery truck for illegal backing in the collision with the shuttle in downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, and authorities said no injuries were reported in the accident.

The shuttle has been the buzz for the city and was supposed to travel in a loop downtown, with passengers boarding it along three stops on Fremont and Carson streets from Las Vegas Boulevard to Eighth Street, KSNV-TV said

"The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown," a City of Las Vegas representative said, per KSNV-TV. "The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident.”

"Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District."

Navaya, a French company that operates a driverless shuttle on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, built the Las Vegas shuttle, Fox News reported. Navaya's manufacturing facility is located in Saline, Michigan, just south of the university.

The Las Vegas shuttle holds up to 12 people and can travel up to 25 miles per hour, but is expected to travel about 15 miles per hour, Fox News said. An attendant rides along to oversee operation on a monitor.

"AAA believes autonomous technology has the potential to save lives and improve traffic safety," Tim Condon, president and chief executive of AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, said before the accident. The agency is one of the shuttle's sponsors.

"We believe our Las Vegas pilot will allow the public to experience this exciting technology for themselves and allow their voices to be heard as AAA studies how autonomous transportation can be safely deployed for public use."

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