It took a self-driving shuttle in Las Vegas just one hour to get involved in an accident

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On Wednesday (Nov. 8), Las Vegas became the first US city to operate a self-driving shuttle service in normal traffic. Less than one hour later, it got into an accident—caused by a human.

Published November 09, 2017  |  Photo by Jeff Scheid/AAA
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A human-driven truck backed into the shuttle. Witnesses said the shuttle stopped moving after sensing the truck, but the truck driver did not see the shuttle.

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“Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has, the accident would have been avoided,” the city of Las Vegas said in a statement.

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No one was injured and damages to the vehicles were minor. The truck driver got a ticket.

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The free service in downtown Las Vegas is operated by transportation company Keolis and sponsored by the American Automobile Association.

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The AAA wants to help reduce anxieties over self-driving vehicles in the US. Though most Americans see them as inevitable, most would not want to ride in one.

Published November 09, 2017

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