A self-driving shuttle launched in Las Vegas - it didn't go well

A self-driving bus debuted in downtown Las Vegas on Nov. 8 2017

A self-driving bus debuted in downtown Las Vegas on Nov. 8 2017

The driver was written up for illegal backing, according to reports.

Speaking of which, the main thing we're wondering is why the damn thing didn't back up when it sensed the truck getting too close-and one passenger apparently had the same reaction.

"The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it's sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident", the City of Las Vegas said in a statement to KSNY.

The driverless electric shuttle bus that was involved in a minor mishap within hours of its Wednesday morning debut in downtown Las Vegas was back up and running by Wednesday night. It was developed by the French company Navya and was tested in January in Las Vegas. "Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle". Within an hour, the shuttle was already involved in a crash.

At the unveiling ceremony, officials promoted it as the nation's first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared toward the public.

Created to carry up to 15 people at a time, the shuttle has a max speed of 45km/h and has been created to be fully capable of driving on public roads.

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 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. While the crash will undoubtedly stoke fear among the more paranoid, artificial intelligence-fearing crowd, the best way to prove the viability of self-driving vehicles is to get more of them on public roads where passengers and drivers alike can experience the technology.

Passengers onboard the vehicle confirmed that the shuttle did stop ― but in the path of the truck.

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