Autonomous Bus Crashes on First Day of Service

The much-reported Las Vegas Autonomous bus got into a fender bender on its first day of service, the Las Vegas police department concluded the other vehicle was at fault.
November 20, 2017, 6am PST | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Hours into its first day of service, Las Vegas' first autonomous bus got into a collision another vehicle. The much-anticipated bus (including on this site) did what it was supposed to do, a representative for Keolis stated. "To be fair to the shuttle, the fender bender Wednesday was caused by the other driver — in this case a delivery truck that backed into the front of the shuttle, which stopped after it sensed it was in danger of collision," Hayley Tsukayama reports for the Washington Post.

While some see this early crash and some by other driverless cars as a reason for caution, others say the technology will unlock safety gains. "[A] recent study from the RAND Corporation, published earlier this week, made an impassioned case for the government to allow driverless cars onto the road even if they’re not yet 'perfect,'" Tsukayama reports.

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Published on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in The Washington Post
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