Highway Accident Brief: Low-Speed Collision Between Truck-Tractor and Autonomous Shuttle, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 8, 2017

About 12:07 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, a minor collision occurred on South 6th Street in downtown Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, between a truck-tractor combination vehicle, operated by a 48-year-old driver, and a 2017 Navya Arma autonomous shuttle, carrying 7 passengers and a 38-year-old attendant. The shuttle, manufactured by Navya and operated by Keolis North America, was on a 0.6-mile designated loop beginning and ending at a downtown shopping center known as Container Park (the buildings are repurposed shipping containers or modular cubes). The combination vehicle, a 2006 International truck-tractor pulling a 2010 Utility refrigerated trailer, was backing into an alley west of South 6th Street while on a delivery route for US Foods when it struck the shuttle. ​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between the truck-tractor and the autonomously operated shuttle in Las Vegas, Nevada, was the truck driver’s action of backing into an alley, and his expectation that the shuttle would stop at a sufficient distance from his vehicle to allow him to complete his backup maneuver. Contributing to the cause of the collision was the attendant’s not being in a position to take manual control of the vehicle in an emergency.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01713089
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/HAB-19/06, Accident ID: HWY18FH001
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 16 2019 12:34PM