[Photos] Driverless Shuttle In Las Vegas Gets In Crash With Passengers On First Day

Submitted by: fancylad 1 month ago in News & Politics Tech

Las Vegas’ first driverless shuttle hit in action.

Las Vegas’ first driverless shuttle hit the streets on Wednesday and was immediately involved in a crash -- it was on the road for less than an hour, KSNV reports. The driverless shuttle was taking passengers downtown when it traded paint with an 18-wheeler truck. The guy in the semi truck was reportedly backing out at the time, was cited by the Las Vegas Police Department for the crash.

"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 said in a statement. “Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided."

I'm still waiting until all the bugs are worked out. The first couple of generations of all new technology usually have quite a few.

There are 29 comments:
Male 1,283
Yeah, the Semi was at fault.  The vehicle already moving and on the road has right of way.  If the semi could not see where he was backing out, he should have had a spotter.  He was backing out of what looks like an alley and could not see, so he should not have been moving in a direction he can not see.  This is entirely his fault and could have happened to any regular driver just as easily.  If that driver had been texting while driving or otherwise distracted, or just due to human reaction time being slower than a computer, the human operated vehicle would not have stopped as quickly, if at all, and the accident would have been much worse than just a graze.  I see this as a win for automated vehicles.
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Male 4,383
They will really only work well when all other vehicles are replaced with them.
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Male 21,129
trimble Exactly. As long as humans driving, there will be accidents.
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98
Obviously the car should have laid on its horn before the truck driver backed into it.
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Female 8,177
stevopusser No horn. 
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Male 6,630
driverless vehicles seems a bit iffy right now, and it's like you're in a beta test program, along with everyone else around you. Some people might want to put their lives in the hand of a computer. but personally i'd prefer to just use it as a tool for the time being.
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Male 1,283
monkwarrior In this case, the computer likely responded faster than a human driver would have and stopped quickly.  If it had been a human, the stop would have occurred slower or if the driver was distracted not at all and the accident would likely have been worse than a graze.
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Male 4,194
monkwarrior millions of drivers are way worse than iffy right now.
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Male 3,803
Once again...human error caused the crash.  If\when self-driving cars start to get a foothold, they will communicate with each other better than any human can and would prevent things like this.

And once it is proven that they are more reliable, driving a car yourself will become a thing of the past...Insurance Companies will make sure of that forcing you to own a self-driving car or pay a HUGE premium to drive yourself.
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Male 6,630
kalron27 so can you tell us tomorrows lotto numbers then?
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monkwarrior They will consist of numbers between 1 and 9 inclusive.
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Male 4,194
stevopusser lotto numbers go to like 69 as i recall (with a separate gold ball), lottery numbers are 0 thru 9.
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Male 1,604
I can't figure out why people are so dead set against driver-less vehicles. They will drive better than most of the morons on the road today.
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Male 1,283
squidbush People resist change and are proud.  They've driven their whole lives and can not admit that a computer would drive better than them.  Even in cases like this where all the error is on a human, they blame the computer.
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Male 357
squidbush For me they will be a life changer, my eyesight has become bad enough I had to quit driving. In the U.S. if you don't drive it's hard to do almost anything even hold a job. But I remember driving and it is enjoyable, traffic jams not counted.
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Male 8,792
squidbush You have to admit, it will give The Blue Screen of Death a whole new meaning. 

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Male 4,194
squidbush A lot of it is age, old folks have images of r2-d2 when robots are talked about lol.
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Male 21,129
squidbush They probably will, but you're not taking into consideration how human morons will interact with them on the road. Until the roads are 100 percent driverless, there are always going to be driver/driverless accidents.
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Male 1,604
fancylad True. but unfortunately, it would have to be gradual without some kind of car trade-in deal or something.
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Male 5,308
What the shit, Fancy. You did exactly as Fox News did: Made it seem that it was the shuttle's fault when this was 100% the truck's fault. The shuttle did everything it was supposed to. At least you explained this in the subject, something Fox didn't feel the need to do.
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Male 414
markust123 The reality is that for the time being, these driverless vehicles are going to have to work in tandem with human drivers, so in a way, yes, the driverless vehicle did fail, as it should have at least backed up at the last second, for example. Learning to accommodate with humans while we are still manually driving will be a necessity for such technology until all vehicles are driverless. 
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Male 1,283
mrsnowmeiser The picture is obviously taken at least a few minutes after the actual accident.  How do you know there was not another vehicle that also had to stop because the driverless car stopped that was behind it not giving it the opportunity to back up.  Also, backing up on a road like that is illegal.  This is 100% the human drivers fault.
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Male 414
waldo863 First off, good point, there could have been a car right behind the driverless vehicle. Article should have mentioned it if so, but I'll give you that the writer might not have (for a number of reasons). 

Secondly, assuming there wasn't a driver behind the driverless vehicle (or some other non-mentioned circumstance), yes, it is at least partly the driverless car's fault. What would a human likely have done? Backed up. 

I'll point out that i'm a huge fan of driverless technology, however, we can see there are still kinks to work out, here. Ultimately, the safety ceiling for driverless vehicles is potentially far higher than us distracted humans on the road. 
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Male 21,129
markust123 I didn't present the story in favor of one side or the other, I just said it was involved in a crash, which it was. By law, the driver of the semi was at fault, and cited -- it doesn't mean that the driverless shuttle wasn't involved in a wreck.
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Male 4,194
Terrible, this will give people something to point at and yell, "its not safe, it didn't last and hour blah blah blah."

I would much prefer dealing with a driver-less cars than the constant texting fools all over the road.
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Male 1,299
I wouldn't call "grazing the front fender" a crash.
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Male 1,283
lockner01 agreed, this is a fender bender, not a crash.
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Male 1,604
waldo863 it was barely even that much.
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