Driverless shuttle involved in crash 2 hours after launch

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Its vice-president of mobility solutions, Maurice Bell, said the bus will scoot through Las Vegas at no more than 15 miles per hour.

According to News 3 Las Vegas, the driverless shuttle collided with a delivery truck within its first hour of operation in downtown Las Vegas.

Jenny Wong, a passenger on the shuttle at the time of the crash, told local news station KSNV: "The shuttle just stayed still".

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department cited the driver of the truck.

Hours into the vehicle's inaugural journey, a delivery truck emerged from an alley and clipped its front bumper, city spokesman Jace Radke said.

Thankfully no one was injured in the incident and while it may appear a little embarrassing for the shuttle, which is part of a joint project of insurance giant AAA (American Automobile Association), transportation company Kelois and French tech firm Nayva, the blame is being placed exclusively on the delivery driver.

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Before you think this proves that self-driving cars have no place in this world, the shuttle wasn't at fault for the accident. And we were like, it's going to hit us, it's going to hit us. The truck was reversing into a loading dock, but the driver of the truck couldn't see the shuttle.

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.

The driver of the lorry which crashed with the bus was subsequently given a ticket. The bus has an attendant and computer monitor but no steering wheel or brake pedals.

Technology onboard the Vegas shuttle was developed by Navya.

Navya is now testing this technology in other cities too. The shuttle is operated and maintained by Keolis, which also led the efforts to integrate its vehicle into the smart-city infrastructure, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas and NAVYA.

As part of the program, rides on the shuttle are completely free of charge and the goal is to get at least 750,000 people to try it out.

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