Navya Arma involved in fender bender at Las Vegas debut

Ivan Schwartz
November 12, 2017

Another AAA rep confirmed to Mashable that the shuttle wasn't damaged either, calling the accident a minor fender bender and emphasizing that the system responded exactly how it should have to prevent the incident. The shuttle, made by the French company Navya ARMA, began a route looping it around Vegas's downtown.

AAA has partnered with Keolis to sponsor a 12-month trial of the Arma shuttle bus in Las Vegas, which is aimed at transporting 250,000 residents and visitors around a 0.6 mile circuit in downtown Fremont East's "Innovation District". The representative also stated, "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided".

A driverless shuttle bus was in a auto accident the first day the electric vehicle was being tested in Las Vegas. The vehicle was reportedly involved in an accident during its first hour of operation.

Its makers say it can safely drive up to 45 km/h.

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NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and magic duo Penn and Teller were among the first passengers.

The city added it will continue operating the buses through Las Vegas' downtown area over the next year.

The city's police department said that the accident, which occurred a few minutes after noon, was the fault of the human driver, not the machine. However, the autonomous shuttle was not at fault - the human driver of the other vehicle was to blame. This pilot builds on Keolis' limited shuttle launch in downtown Las Vegas in early 2017; today's launch will be the first self-driving vehicle to be fully integrated with a city's traffic infrastructure.

Its 50 shuttles have already transported nearly 200,000 passengers since it first started across a range of public and private sites. It was hit by an incoming delivery truck dispelling rumours that there was something wrong with self-driving algorithm used as the shuttle "did what it was supposed to do".

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