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Driverless shuttle involved in crash after downtown Las Vegas launch

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A self-driving bus debuted in downtown Las Vegas on Nov. 8, 2017. (Kathleen Jacob/FOX5) A self-driving bus debuted in downtown Las Vegas on Nov. 8, 2017. (Kathleen Jacob/FOX5)
A driverless bus was involved in a crash in downtown on Nov. 8, 2017. (Kathleen Jacob/FOX5) A driverless bus was involved in a crash in downtown on Nov. 8, 2017. (Kathleen Jacob/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) -

A driverless shuttle unveiled Wednesday in downtown Las Vegas was involved in a crash hours after it was launched by officials. 

The driver of a semi-truck grazed the shuttle near 7th Street and Fremont Street. A spokesperson for the City of Las Vegas said, "the shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it's sensor registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident." The spokesperson said the truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. 

“The shuttle operated as it was intended to and unfortunately a truck backed into it while it was standing on the road," Andreas Mai, executive vice president of Keolis, said. "We have operated vehicles like this in 6 places in the world. We have transported 275,000 passengers with these vehicles and it never happened before."

No injuries were reported and the shuttle did not sustain major damage. 

The driver of the semi-truck was cited for the crash.

The spokesperson for the city said if "the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided." 

“It shocked me and I’m still kind of laughing inside from it but that’s the future, you can’t stop the future,” said resident Dennis Lopez. 

A ceremony on Wednesday marked the start of operations for the electric vehicle developed by the French company Navya. It's dubbed Arma.

The oval-shaped shuttle was tested last January on a closed street in the Fremont Street East entertainment district. It has a human attendant and computer monitor, but no steering wheel and no brake pedals.

It'll be able to carry up to 12 passengers for the free trip on a half-mile (0.8-kilometer) loop in the same area.

The shuttle uses GPS, electronic curb sensors and other technology to make its way.

The testing is being done by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Keolis North America and AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah.

Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in downtown. 

Copyright 2017 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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