Within hours of it's eagerly awaited debut, a driverless shuttle bus managed to rack up its first crash in Las Vegas.
According to reports in The Daily Mail a truck was backing into a side access as the autonomous vehicle was approaching. The driverless shuttle detected the oncoming damage and came to an automatic stop. The truck continued to swing back, hitting the front of the bus.
The police said the human behind the wheel of the truck was at fault.
A spokesperson for the city said:
"The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it's (sic) sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident, 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 say that if there was a driver behind the wheel of the shuttle bus the accident would also of been avoided. It would not of been hard to see a gigantic white truck reversing in front of you. I would go as far as saying if a driver was present he or she would of beeped the vehicles horn to warn the truck driver in advance of the collision causing the brakes to be applied.
It's easy to point the figure at human error when so many want to see autonomous vehicles work, but we have to consider a humans common sense and ability to communicate to one another at any given time.
Surely it's got to be either all or nothing when it comes to autonomous vehicles.