"Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle", read the statement.
The human driver of the truck, who was backing out at the time, was cited by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for the crash, which KSNV-TV reported occurred within the first hour of the shuttle's operation.
A spokesperson for AAA, which is sponsoring the latest pilot program, said on Twitter that the accident was due to "human error" on the part of the truck driver. AAA partnered with the city of Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Keolis North America (Keolis), which will operate and maintain the NAVYA Arma fully electric shuttle.
Covering a 0.6-mile loop in the Fremont East "Innovation District" of downtown Las Vegas, the all-electric, self-driving shuttle offers free rides for people to experience autonomous transportation in a real-world environment.
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It's touted by Las Vegas as the country's first autonomous shuttle that's able to communicate with traffic signals and surrounding "smart" infrastructure. The shuttle's sensors registered the truck and performed the correct actions, the rep said, by stopping to avoid the accident. That made the crash it was involved in on its first day of operation particularly newsworthy, but some are too quick to blame the self-driving machine for what has turned out to be a human error.
Navya's autonomous electric vehicle shuttle doesn't hit overly high speeds, shuffling along a downtown circuit at around 24km/h. Self-driving vehicles aim to curb these human-related errors by automating the entire process, putting machines in control of what is now performed by humans.
Its 50 shuttles have already transported nearly 200,000 passengers since it first started across a range of public and private sites.
A truck backed into the self-driving shuttle, causing a relatively minor crash with no injuries.