It took less than an hour for a delivery truck driver to crash into the pod.Las Vegas' autonomous shuttle is off to a rocky start. It made its maiden voyage yesterday, and it took less than an hour for a delivery truck driver to crash into it. Made by French company Navya, the driver-less shuttle was deployed to carry passengers on a 0.6-mile loop around downtown Las Vegas. Officials explained the truck driver pulled out from a side street and either didn't see the pod-like shuttle or chose to ignore it. None of the eight passengers traveling in the shuttle at the time of the accident were injured.
"The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it's [sic] sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided," wrote the City of Las Vegas on its official Tumblr page.
The author of the post added the truck driver received a ticket following the accident. The shuttle needs small repairs, but it's not expected to remain out of commission for very long.
Sponsored by AAA, the autonomous shuttle is part of a pilot program implemented to gather data on how the public interacts with autonomous vehicles, and how the shuttle navigates real-life traffic. We suspect researchers have already filed their first report.