The driverless electric shuttle in downtown Las Vegas, pictured on November 9, 2017, is back on the road one day after it was involved in an accident with a truck.
The truck's driver was cited for illegal backing, police said.
A self-driving shuttle that launched on the Las Vegas strip Wednesday was involved in an accident less than two hours after its unveiling ceremony downtown.
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. "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided".
A representative for the city of Las Vegas said the shuttle was grazed by a delivery truck.
But, just an hour into its year-long trial (which follows a successful stint in January) the shuttle was hit by a delivery truck that was backing up. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District. The issue here is that while the Navya shuttle bus was able to come to a complete stop using its autonomous tech, it was unable to simply back up a few feet and get out of the reversing semi's way.
The self-driven shuttle service as it hit the roads of Las Vegas. In addition to surveying the shuttle's riders, AAA will examine how others sharing the streets react to it - including pedestrians and cyclists. 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.
The shuttle operates on a 0.6-mile loop around downtown Las Vegas and offers free rides to both locals and visitors.
Vegas's self-driving shuttle is operating in real-time traffic, a first for any city in the nation, and so it is being closely watched by many.
A spokesman for the City of Las Vegas told the BBC: "A delivery truck was coming out of an alley".