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. "And we were like, 'It's going to hit us. The shuttle just stayed still".
"A little bit of that looking around and you know wondering if it was going to stop, and 'Oh my gosh, there's a auto behind us, kind of little hesitation, '" she said.
"The shuttle didn't have the ability to move back". As an incentive to testing out the shuttle, AAA is donating $1 to the Las Vegas Victims Fund for every rider that gets on the shuttle.
"Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle", it said.
Thankfully no-one was injured and the damage was light, however local news reports that the driver of the truck was cited with police confirming that the shuttle bus was not at fault in the incident. AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, which is sponsoring the one-year pilot project, expects that 250,000 people will use the shuttle.
The eight passengers inside the shuttle involved in the crash were all reported to have been wearing seat belts. The AAA said human error was responsible for more than 90% of the 30,000 deaths on USA roads in 2016, and that robotic cars could help reduce the number of incidents.
Thankfully no one was injured in the incident and while it may appear a little embarrassing for the shuttle, which is part of a joint project of insurance giant AAA (American Automobile Association), transportation company Kelois and French tech firm Nayva, the blame is being placed exclusively on the delivery driver.
Google's Waymo this week announced its first fully self-driving cars without humans ready to take the wheel will arrive on public roads.