Self-driving bus crashes in first hour of service

A self-driving bus debuted in downtown Las Vegas on Nov. 8 2017

A representative for the city of Las Vegas said the shuttle was grazed by a delivery truck.

A spokesperson for AAA, which is sponsoring the latest pilot program, said on Twitter that the accident was due to "human error" on the part of the truck driver.

Technology onboard the Vegas shuttle was developed by Navya. "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided".

It's touted by Las Vegas as the country's first autonomous shuttle that's able to communicate with traffic signals and surrounding "smart" infrastructure.

The eight-passenger shuttle is now offering free rides to people along a half-mile loop in the city's Fremont East "Innovation District". That made the crash it was involved in on its first day of operation particularly newsworthy, but some are too quick to blame the self-driving machine for what has turned out to be a human error.

The fully electric shuttle was designed for use by state and local governments and transit agencies and operators as an efficient, clean-energy alternative to the fossil-fuel powered vehicles of today.

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and magic duo Penn and Teller were among the first passengers.

The AAA Free Self-Driving shuttle, an Arma vehicle built by Navya that utilizes LIDAR technology and Global Positioning System, was on a test run yesterday in the Fremont East neighborhood when it was hit by a delivery truck. In return, the company will donate $1 per every passenger who rides the shuttle to those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas that took place in October. That's questionable, but it remains true that one of the biggest hurdles for autonomous cars to overcome is the unpredictability of other human drivers In March, a self-driving Volvo XC90 developed by Uber rolled over after colliding with another vehicle whose driver failed to yield like he was supposed to.

The city added it will continue operating the buses through Las Vegas' downtown area over the next year.

The account also tweeted: 'We are at the forefront of technology'. A semi-truck backed into the autonomous shuttle reportedly grazing the fender.

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