NTSB to investigate Las Vegas crash involving driverless bus

Safety board probes truck collision with self-driving shuttle in Las Vegas

The autonomous shuttle uses a system built by Navya, a French start-up that is also testing its technology in the United Kingdom and is now taking part in a 12-month trial in the US city.

Federal transportation safety officials headed to Las Vegas on Friday to investigate a collision this week between a self-driving shuttle bus on its first day of service and a truck, which was blamed on human error.

No injuries were reported and the shuttle is expected to quickly return to service.

In this case, the pod-like Navya SAS shuttle had been behind the truck, which stopped, shifted into reverse and began backing up slowly to turn into the alley.

"On our ride, we encountered a medium-large articulated delivery truck stopped in the street".

Reporter Jeff Zurschmeide, who was on the shuttle at the time of the crash, said the self-driving vehicle did what it was programmed to do but not everything a human driver might do. The Tesla Model S, which was steering itself, slammed into the side of a truck in Florida in 2016, killing the driver.

Before it crashed, dozens of people had lined up to get a free trip on a 0.6-mile loop around Fremont East, Las Vegas, including Nascar driver Danica Patrick and magic duo Penn and Teller.

In a further statement on the City of Las Vegas tumblr page, the city said the shuttle was "grazed" by the truck and the incident would have been avoided had "the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has".

However, some people are critical of the autonomous vehicle, claiming that a human driver would have been able to avoid the collision by moving out of the way rather than waiting to be hit by the truck.

"We had about 20 feet of empty street behind us (I looked) and most human drivers would have thrown the auto into reverse and used some of that space to get away from the truck". "Or at least leaned on the horn and made our presence harder to miss".

The number of such incidents has been on the rise ever since public testing of autonomous vehicle technology has been allowed in certain USA states like California.

On Wednesday, to much fanfare, a self-driving electric shuttle bus launched in Las Vegas.

The transportation company Keolis is operating the shuttle.

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