Driverless Bus Crashes

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LV Driverless Bus Crash

Scribe: N. Tru Bass


We have all recently seen diverless vehicles including a popular commercial featuring basketball future Hall of Famer LeBron James in the backseat of a driverless sedan. 

In the city of Las Vegas on Wednesday a driverless shuttle bus crashed less than two hours after it was launched. The city made a bit to -do about the bus and described it as the first self driving shuttle pilot project in the U.S. 

Two hours later it crashed into a semi-truck. 

However, local reports suggest the issue was not with the driverless technology, but with th human in the second vehicle. This little snafu follows the congress passing the Self Drive Act in September fast tracking more than 100,000 test vehicles per year. 

Even with the green light States still hold the power to to decide whether or not to permit self-driving cars. 

South Australia launched a similar project. A two year trial of a driver-less shuttle bus at Sydney Olympic Park in August of this year. The bus averages 15 mph and is able to carry up to 11 passengers. 

Technology includes light detection and ranging, GPS, odometer, autonomous emergency breaking to avoid obstacles and stereovision cameras. 

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