Self-driving bus gets into accident on its first day in Las Vegas, human driver blamed for collision
Looks like robots are better drivers than humans.
A driverless shuttle bus was in a car accident the first day the electric vehicle was being tested in Las Vegas.
But police said the car with a human driver was the one at fault.
The new shuttle bus was cruising down South Sixth Street â" one block east from the Vegas Strip â" around noon local time Wednesday when it collided with a delivery truck, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
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The bus, which can carry up to 11 people and communicate with traffic signals, stopped itself when its sensor notice the truck backing up.
âThe shuttle just stayed still and we were like, Oh my gosh, itâs going to hit us, itâs going to hit us,â p assenger Jenny Wong told local NBC affiliate KSNV. âAnd then it hit us.â
The massive tires on the truck left a noticeable dent in the small blue vehicle.
Wong said the truck driver didnât even see the self-driving bus, which could go in reverse.
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âThe shuttle didnât have the ability to move back, either,â she said. âLike the shuttle just stayed still.â
No one was injured during the accident.
The driver was written up for illegal backing, according to reports.
âThe shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that itâs sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident,â the City of Las Vegas said in a statement to KSNY. âHad the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided.â
The city added it will continue operating the buses through Las Vegasâ downtown area over the next year.
Maurice Bell, an executive at Keolis Transit America, which helps operate the smart buses, said the accident is a bellwether as the bus goes through tests.
âThatâs probably the positive point of all this,â he told the Review-Journal, âis that we have extensive data to be able to tell us what occurred and what we could do in the future to improve upon.â