The real lesson of that self-driving shuttle’s first-day accident
Wednesday was supposed to be the triumphant launch of a free, driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas. Designed by French company Navya, operated by another French company called Keolis, and sponsored by the city and American Automobile Association, the year-long pilot project was supposed to demonstrate the potential of slow-moving autonomous vehicles to change the transit industry.
Instead, within hours, the project was greeted with the worst possible headline: “Self-driving shuttle bus in crash on first day.”
The headline, and lots of others like it, were technically accurate but a little misleading. Officials say the other vehicle—a semi truck that bumped into the shuttle while backing up—was at fault. And it was such a low-speed collision that no one was injured. The accident “merely dented the plastic panels on the front of the shuttle,” according to Jeff Zurschmeide of Digital Trends.
Source: Ars Technica