Passengers told local news outlet KSNV that the shuttle bus simply stopped as the truck continued to reverse, and didn't move out of the way.
Less than two hours after the launch of America's first self-driving public shuttle service, it was involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler truck. The statement added that the truck did not stop and scratched the front fender of the bus. The truck driver was at fault according to city officials and so subsequently he was handed a ticket.
They determined that the shuttle came to a stop when it sensed the truck was attempting to back up.
Las Vegas police officer Aden Ocampo-Gomez said the semi-truck's driver was cited for illegal backing.
The shuttle, which has eight seats and is operated by transportation company Keolis, is part of a 12-month pilot project to identify how passengers feel about self-driving vehicles, and monitor the vehicles interaction in a live traffic environment. As an incentive to testing out the shuttle, AAA is donating $1 to the Las Vegas Victims Fund for every rider that gets on the shuttle. Navya already has shuttles operating in Paris, and two days ago announced another vehicle, Autonom Cab, that carries up to six people in driverless serenity at up to 56 miles per hour. Safety features include the ability to automatically and immediately brake in the event of a pedestrian crossing in the path of the vehicle. He said the vehicle has data that could shed light into the incident. The shuttle comes from Navya, which actually demonstrated the technology earlier this year around the same time as the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. 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.