The First Day on the Job for Self-Driving Bus Ends Badly

Well, it might be time to go back to the drawing board for one company as their self-driving bus was involved in a crash in Las Vegas on the first day of service on Tuesday, November 7th.

A picture of the incident between the self-driving bus and the delivery truck; photo from businessinsider.com
A picture of the incident between the self-driving bus and the delivery truck; photo from businessinsider.com

The bus was not at fault for the collision as a human driver of a delivery truck was ticketed for failure to stop.

The bus which was designed by Navya, a French company, had “several” passengers when the bus got into the “fender bender” with the delivery truck, said a spokesperson for the City of Las Vegas.

“A delivery truck was coming out of an alley,” the spokesperson said.

They also stated that the bus will be back out on the road by Thursday.

The news of the collision comes a day after Waymo, owned by the parent company of Google, announced that they will be launching a fully self-driving fleet of taxis in Phoenix, Arizona.

The bus usually drives 15 MPH but it can go up to 28 MPH but when the collusion happened the bus was at a complete stop.

“The shuttle did what it was suppose to do and stopped. Unfortunately, the human element, the driver of the truck, didn’t stop,” said Jace Radke, a public information officer with the city.

Self-driving technology has been involved in crashes before but most of the crashes have been due to human error.

Some of the few errors that happen include Tesla’s Model S, killing a man after the computer in the car failed, an investigation found. Tesla was instructed to make the limitations of its technology clearer to drivers.

Experts have said previously that even with these incidents, the road would be much more safer with self-driving technology.