Self-driving shuttle bus crashes on first day of use in Las Vegas

Self-driving shuttle bus crashes on first day of use in Las Vegas

A self-driving shuttle bus has crashed (Stock image)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The first-ever self-driving shuttle bus to be used on Las Vegas' roads has crashed on its first day of employment.

The bus was hit by a lorry but no one was injured as the manned vehicle was travelling at a slow speed, according to the BBC.

A public information officer explained: “A delivery truck was coming out of an alley. The shuttle (bus) did what it was supposed to do and stopped. Unfortunately, the human element – the driver of the truck – didn’t stop."

The BBC was told by a spokesperson for the City of Las Vegas that the crash was minor and the bus is expected to be seen on the roads again today (November 9).

Officials claim the fault of the crash lies with the driver of the lorry and police have given the man a ticket.

The shuttle bus carries passengers to the famous strip in Las Vegas and was created by a company named Navya.

Navya, based in France, has been trialling its technology in the UK.

Although the bus can reach speeds of 28mph, it usually travels at around 15mph and carries a maximum of 15 people.