Self Driving Vehicle Involved in Crash on its First Day

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Navya driverless shuttle

A driverless shuttle cruising the streets of Las Vegas last week was involved in an accident with a human driven truck.

It was the first day on the road for the computer driven vehicle, which is owned by the French company Navya.

The shuttle passengers reportedly saw the truck backing towards them, but although the driverless van stopped to avoid a collision it did not reverse itself which may have prevented the crash.

A PR person for the shuttle’s sponsor – AAA – confirmed on Twitter that it was the human driver who was at fault, adding “Human error causes most traffic collisions and this was no different.”

The city of Las Vegas issued a statement as well, saying the shuttle stopped as it was supposed to but the truck did not. It was also stated that if the truck had the same detection equipment as the shuttle, the accident would have been avoided.

Check out the report from KSNV News 3 Las Vegas: