Self-Driving Shuttle Not to Blame for CrashDecember 13, 2017
Las Vegas is a place where people from all over the world come to escape reality and enjoy the food, the casinos, the fabulous entertainment, and now, the technology. A new self-driving shuttle bus was recently released in Sin City, but unfortunately, the shuttle was involved in a minor car accident just hours after its launch. Surprisingly—or not—it was human error that led to the crash.
The wreck involved the autonomous shuttle bus and a delivery truck. Fortunately, no one was injured and police confirmed that the driver of the truck was at fault. In fact, a city official was quoted as saying that the self-driving shuttle did exactly what it was supposed to do to avoid an accident.
The vehicle’s electronic sensors registered the truck and stopped to avoid a collision with the truck. Unfortunately, the truck struck the front fender of the shuttle after the driver failed to slow down. If the truck had been equipped with similar sensing technology, the accident could have been avoided.
Perception of Autonomous Vehicles
Self-driving cars seem to be the wave of the future. However, according to a J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Tech Choice Study, many consumers do not trust the technology. It is one of the main challenges that companies like Tesla, Volkswagen, and Google face when it comes to introducing these vehicles to the general public. Automobile manufacturers and tech companies continue to work on developing safe, user-friendly, dependable autonomous vehicles that can make better judgments than humans.
The new autonomous shuttle bus, which can carry up to 12 passengers at a time, has no steering wheel and no brake pedals. Instead, is has an attendant and a computer monitor. Developed by French company, Navya, the shuttle uses a GPS system, electronic curb sensors, and other technology to navigate the city streets. The vehicle was tested in January and launched in early November in Las Vegas.
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