Case in point: The City of Las Vegas and AAA’s self-driving shuttle, one of the most advanced public autonomous trials in the U.S., was hit by a semi-truck within hours of its maiden trip last month. The Navya Arma bus was stuck between a car behind it and the slowly advancing truck, which backed its way into the the shuttle.
It took several months, but Lyft and nuTonomy have made good on their promise to test autonomous ridesharing cars in Boston. The two have launched a pilot program that gives “select” Seaport-area passengers a ride in one of nuTonomy’s self-driving Renault cars. If you’re one of the few to hop in (the Lyft app will make it obvious), your feedback will help refine the system to make sure it’s both comfortable and safe.
This is as much a tech demo as it is a trial run. Lyft and nuTonomy aren’t shy about using the Boston experiment to help you “better understand the impact” of self-driving cars — that is, to sell you on the concept so that you’ll be a customer when driverless cars dominate.
Reducing accidents to zero. Cutting down emissions. Autonomous driving promises significant advantages for our society as a whole. But how will it change YOUR daily life?
In his opinion, at the very least, the motorsports run by car producers have a social responsibility: “We can’t just consume petrol and burn rubber, we also have to advance and test new technologies, and do something when it comes to their acceptance,” says the motorsports manager. “And this is where, after electric driving, automated driving is the next big topic.”
the shuttle, made by the French company Navya ARMA, began a route looping it around Vegas’s downtown. Within an hour, the shuttle was already involved in a crash.
The crash, apparently, was not the shuttle’s fault.
Cirque du Soleil. Siegfried and Roy. Frank Sinatra. Celine Dion. Britney Spears. And now—finally—joining the ranks of famous attractions on the Las Vegas strip are, yes, driverless shuttle buses.
Alongside the American Automobile Association, and transportation company Keolis, the city of Las Vegas is launching a new, year-long public self-driving pilot program starting Nov. 8.
All-electric, eight-seat Navya ARMA vehicles will pick up passengers along a 0.6 mile, three-stop route up and down the Fremont East Innovation District, a section of downtown Vegas that’s been earmarked for the testing and expansion of new technologies.
The pilot service expands on a limited test program that ran back in January,
Waymo is one of the biggest players in the self-driving development race, but it’s not equipped to service its rapidly growing number of driverless vehicles. As the Google spinoff increases operations beyond its limited pilot programs in California, Arizona, and Michigan, it’ll need some help maintaining its fleet of autonomous vehicles. Today, the driverless car company announced a multi-year service agreement with national automotive retailer AutoNation, which will provide maintenance and repair support to extend Waymo’s vehicle lifecycles. AutoNation will initially be tasked with servicing Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica minivans, but the agreement clearly states that the companies expect the fleet to grow. More automotive partners could add Waymo’s platform to their vehicles, and AutoNation’s new and used car dealerships across the U.S. will make expansion an even easier process for Waymo