Las Vegas Self-Driving Shuttle Crashes Within Hour of Debut

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The vehicle was using self-driving technology developed by French company Navya, and typically travels at about 15 miles per hour as it carries people along the Las Vegas strip.

A driverless shuttle in Las Vegas crashed Wednesday after it was launched only hours earlier.

Las Vegas police officer Aden Ocampo-Gomez said the truck's driver was at fault for the crash and was cited for illegal backing.

"The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown", the city of Las Vegas confirmed in a statement. And we were like, it's going to hit us, it's going to hit us.

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.

Dozens of people had lined up to board the shuttle, but no one was injured in the accident, which saw the bus collide with a semi-truck, KSNV reported. So far, the driverless shuttles are doing better than the drivers of trucks.

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The minor crash caused a delay but the bus returned shortly after to pick up more passengers waiting in line.

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 shuttle, named Arma was struck by a delivery truck. The bus has an attendant and computer monitor but no steering wheel or brake pedals.

Navya has a fleet of 50 autonomous shuttle buses deployed worldwide, and says that it has carried over 200,000 passengers so far.

"We're seeing a change in technology that's fundamentally changing how people view transportation-it's changing mobility, and it's changing cars", says John Moreno, AAA's manager of public affairs.

An autonomous shuttle operating in Las Vegas has gotten off to a shaky start.

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