By Paul Homewood
Well, I suppose it could have been an accident!
A driverless shuttle bus has crashed less than two hours after it launched in Las Vegas, after it stopped to avoid a collision and was ‘grazed’ by a delivery truck.
Police say no injuries were reported in the crash between the self-operating vehicle and a semi-truck.
According to Las Vegas officials, the self-driving shuttle did ‘what it was supposed to do’ in efforts to avoid the accident once its sensors detected the oncoming threat – but, while the shuttle stopped, the delivery truck did not
Officials had hosted an unveiling ceremony just hours earlier to promote the program.
This morning, the City of Las Vegas Twitter account wrote: ‘”Look Ma, no driver!” We’re launching the nation’s first self-driving shuttle geared for the public in #DTLV at 10am!’
The oval-shaped NAVYA Arma fully electric shuttle can transport up to 12 passengers.
It has an attendant and computer monitor, but no steering wheel and no brake pedals.
It uses GPS, electronic curb sensors and other technology to make its way.
Read the full story here.
This incident raises certain questions.
A human driver would surely have taken some sort of evasive action if possible, rather then merely stopping.
Indeed, human drivers are able to assess potentially risky situations well in advance, and drive accordingly. If I saw a lorry driving down the middle of the road, speeding or otherwise acting erratically, I would react accordingly even hundreds of yards away. Can driverless cars do the same?
One other thing to note from the story. The bus had an attendant on board.
Surely the only real logic of driverless buses is to save money by doing away with the driver. What is the point then if they still need attendants anyway.
It sounds to me just like virtue signalling.
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December 3, 2017 at 11:34AM