“Dude, Can’t You See Me Here, the Driverless Shuttle Van Safely Going Along? Don’t Hit Me”
Amelia Pak-Harvey | Las Vegas Review-Journal
Chalk up one for the machines.
The driverless electric shuttle bus that made its debut (in Las Vegas) Wednesday was involved in a minor accident in its first few hours of service, but the human driver of the other vehicle was at fault, police said.
The Metropolitan Police Department said officers responded at 12:07 p.m. to an accident involving the shuttle and a delivery truck on the 100 block of South Sixth Street, near Fremont Street. Damage was minor, and no one was hurt, police said.
Police briefly closed a southbound lane of South Sixth Street from Fremont Street to Carson Avenue as they investigated.
Police determined that the shuttle came to a stop when it sensed the truck was trying to back up. However, the truck continued to back up until its tires touched the front of the shuttle.
The truck’s driver was cited for illegal backing.