A self-driving bus from Navy ARMA crashed less than two hours after it was launched in Las Vegas on Wednesday. It crashed with a semi-truck and the human driver of the other vehicle was at fault. Fortunately, it was a minor accident. There were no injuries.
he driver of the truck was cited by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The bus can transport up to 12 passengers at a time. It was built to use GPS and electric curb sensors instead of brake pedals or a steering wheel. It was equipped with a combination of cameras, and light-detecting sensors in order to navigate the busy streets. Like any functioning autonomous vehicle, the shuttle can avoid obstacles and stop in a hurry if needed.
Self driving bus involved in minor accident in Las Vegas
In this case however the shuttle didn’t have the ability to move back. A City of Las Vegas representative issued a statement that the shuttle “did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident.” Those autonomous buses are the brainchild of French autonomous vehicle company Navya ARMA, which is teaming up with AAA and Keolis, the company that owns and operates the shuttle. Previously, in January, the bus took a ten-day test drive along an empty route but now it was in the real traffic. Testing will continue. Las Vegas is the first city in America to have a self-driving shuttle operating in real-time traffic.