It's true that you can't account for human drivers who hit parked cars (or driverless shuttles, as the case may be). To accommodate the shuttle, the city updated traffic lights and signals so they could communicate with the vehicle and adjust based on traffic flow. That's questionable, but it remains true that one of the biggest hurdles for autonomous cars to overcome is the unpredictability of other human drivers In March, a self-driving Volvo XC90 developed by Uber rolled over after colliding with another vehicle whose driver failed to yield like he was supposed to.
On Wednesday, a driverless shuttle debuted in Las Vegas. "And we were like, 'It's going to hit us".
The massive tires on the truck left a noticeable dent in the small blue vehicle.
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. Less than two hours later, the vehicle got into its first accident.
The AAA rep told us the organization and its partner Keolis are "debriefing" after the incident and running all necessary safety checks before putting the shuttle back on the road.
No one was injured during the accident.
None of the eight passengers aboard the driverless vehicle suffered injuries and neither did the truck driver.
"The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown", the post stated.
If the shuttle were capable of reversing away from the oncoming vehicle, it might have avoided the collision, but according to a statement released by city officials, the autonomous vehicle did exactly what it was supposed to do by stopping once its sensors registered the truck. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District.
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.