Self-driving bus crashes in first hour of service

Self-driving bus crashes in first hour of service

Looks like robots are better drivers than humans.

Vegas's self-driving shuttle is operating in real-time traffic, a first for any city in the nation, and so it is being closely watched by many.

Nearly all the incidents recorded by Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle arm, have been down to human drivers hitting the vehicles, and a major crash involving Uber's driverless cars in March was down to the driver of the other auto.

Pictures have emerged of the moment a driverless shuttle bus was involved in a crash with a semi-truck less than two hours after it made its debut on Las Vegas streets in front of cameras and celebrities.

One of the passengers on the shuttle during the accident said, "The shuttle just stayed still and we were like, 'oh my gosh, it's gonna hit us, it's gonna hit us!' and then.it hit us!" It will be taken out of service Saturday to Monday to fix the fiberglass from where the truck's tire struck the vehicle, Bell said.

The rather incident bust-up took place when the driver of a lorry inadvertently backed into the bus having not seen it in his rear-view mirror. The vehicle was reportedly involved in an accident during its first hour of operation. "Like, the shuttle just stayed still", she told KSNV.

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No one was injured during the accident.

The truck's driver was cited for illegal backing, police said.

A City of Las Vegas representative said in a statement that the shuttle "did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident".

While the shuttle remained out of service for the rest of the day, the tests are set to continue for the duration of the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District, officials say.

Maurice Bell, vice president of mobility solutions for Keolis Transit America, a partner on the shuttle bus project, said there was a full diagnostic check on the vehicle.

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