Self-driving technology remains one of the most popular subjects among tech enthusiasts. Still, we’re a long ways from having access to autonomous car tech that we can actually rely on. As a matter of fact, a recent bus accident involving a brand new self driving bus in Las Vegas has just shown us how difficult it is for developers to come up with technology that works.
According to a series of news reports, one of the first, if not the first, self-driving bus shuttle services was launched in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the vehicle was promptly involved in an accident on its very launch day.
According to city officials, the bus detected a truck and immediately stopped to avoid a collision. Unfortunately, the truck didn’t do the same, grazing the bus’ front fender. If the truck had been equipped with the same type of autonomous technology, it would have stopped and the accident would have been avoided, officials explained.
Thankfully, nobody was injured in the accident.
The self-driving bus shuttle is a project by the AAA and a transportation management company known as Keolis. These vehicles are designed to offer free rides to passengers on a 0.6 mile route that encompasses a district the city is attempting to develop as a technology hub.
After the accident, the truck driver was cited and the shuttle bus stopped serving passengers for the day.
What this bus vs. truck accident shows us is that the self-driving technology in this case saved everyone who was occupying the vehicle. Still, a vehicle driven by a human motorist just couldn’t keep up with the technology, ignoring the bus and crashing.
If you’re a driver and a truck crashed into you because of negligence or distraction, do not let the party to blame get away with acting this way. Victims of accidents involving any type of negligent driver or vehicle maker should be compensated for the pain, suffering, and time lost due to the accident, especially if the victim lost wages as a result.
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