Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Self-driving bus involved in crash on first day in Las Vegas

Self-driving bus involved in crash on first day in Las Vegas

Some of the buses in downtown Las Vegas went driverless Wednesday, but not without a hiccup.

There were no injuries reported, and the shuttle didn't suffer any major damage, according to a report by a local Fox news station.

However, a recent report from the RAND Corporation - a U.S. government think tank - has claimed that even the use of moderately capable self-driving cars would go a long way towards reducing the number of road deaths. "The shuttle just stayed still". She added that the passengers were watching as the truck was going to hit them and then it hit them.

Las Vegas police have cited the driver of a semi-truck that crashed with a self-operating shuttle bus on the day the driverless vehicle debuted.

"The shuttle didn't have the ability to move back".

The driverless shuttle bus was traveling on half-mile loops around the Nevada tourist retreat when a delivery truck came from an alley and snapped its front bumper, city spokesman Jace Radke was quoted by Independent as saying.

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The bus, just minding its own business, stopped the moment it saw the truck but was sadly unable to avoid the rather considerable scraping it received. "Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop", said a public information officer for the city.

It seats eight passengers and does have an attendant in case of an incident.

The bus was launched to shuttle people along the famous Las Vegas strip at an average speed of 25kph.

Interestingly however, most collisions involving autonomous technology is attributed to some form of human error.

Google sibling Waymo announced on Tuesday that it is launching a fully autonomous Uber-like ride-hailing service with no human driver behind the wheel in Phoenix, Arizona in the next few months, making it the first such service accessible to the public without no one to take control in an emergency.

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