Navya Arma involved in fender bender at Las Vegas debut

A driverless bus was involved in a crash hours after it was launched on Nov. 8 2017

A driverless bus was involved in a crash hours after it was launched on Nov. 8 2017

Had the driver of the delivery truck done the same, all would have been well.

'Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle.

And yet. On the first day of Las Vegas celebrating the historic launch of its new self-driving shuttle bus pilot program, said shuttle bus promptly collided with a semi truck. The shuttle's sensors registered the truck and performed the correct actions, the rep said, by stopping to avoid the accident.

The shuttle itself is made by French company Navyo and is the first self-driving shuttle bus to be introduced in the US.

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.

While the optics of a self-driving shuttle getting into an accident nearly immediately after debuting aren't great, this particular situation was clearly caused by a human driver.

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The shuttle is manufactured by NAVYA, comes equipped with LiDAR technology, GPS, cameras, and will seat 8 passengers with seatbelts.

Created to carry up to 15 people at a time, the shuttle has a max speed of 45km/h and has been created to be fully capable of driving on public roads. It was hit by an incoming delivery truck dispelling rumours that there was something wrong with self-driving algorithm used as the shuttle "did what it was supposed to do". But wait! According to a AAA spokesman, it wasn't even the shuttle's fault.

Early Wednesday morning the City of Las Vegas Twitter account wrote: 'Look Ma, no driver!' We're launching the nation's first self-driving shuttle geared for the public in #DTLV at 10am!'

The shuttle makes a continuous loop in downtown Las Vegas, and the rides are free.

Navya's autonomous electric vehicle shuttle doesn't hit overly high speeds, shuffling along a downtown circuit at around 24km/h.

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