The Latest: Truck driver cited in crash with driverless bus

(AP) — The Latest on a crash involving a driverless shuttle bus in Las Vegas (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

Las Vegas police have cited the driver of a semi-truck that crashed with a self-operating shuttle bus on the day the driverless vehicle debuted.

Officer Aden Ocampo-Gomez says the citation was for illegal backing. No injuries were reported Wednesday.

The electric vehicle developed by the French company Navya collided with the semi-truck less than two hours after people began to take rides. The bus has an attendant and computer monitor but no steering wheel or brake pedals.

City spokesman Jace Radke says the shuttle stopped when it sensed the truck was approaching, but the truck didn’t stop.

Ocampo-Gomez says one of the semi-truck’s tires tapped the front bumper of the bus. The shuttle doesn’t have any dents.

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Radke says the shuttle took two more loops after the crash.


1:09 p.m.

A driverless shuttle bus has crashed less than two hours after it was launched in Las Vegas.

Police say no injuries were reported in the Wednesday crash between the self-operating vehicle and a semi-truck. It’s not yet clear what caused the wreck.

Officials had hosted an unveiling ceremony to promote what they described as the nation’s first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared toward the public.

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The oval-shaped shuttle that can transport up to 12 passengers 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.

Before it crashed, dozens of people had lined up in downtown Las Vegas to get a free ride.

Police say the crash blocked traffic near the Fremont Street entertainment district.

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