NAVYA unveiled as a World Premiere the first 100% autonomous robot-taxi on the market this Tuesday November 7, 2017 at La Cité du Cinéma (Paris) : AUTONOM CAB, two years after the launch in 2015 of AUTONOM SHUTTLE, the first 100% autonomous shuttle on the market.
On Wednesday, the multinational transportation company Keolis, French manufacturer Navya, and AAA launched the small driverless vehicle in Las Vegas. The electric vehicle had an attendant on board, to keep the peace, and carried eight people in a half-mile loop around the Fremont Street Entertainment District.
Within a few hours, the shuttle encountered a semi-truck backing out of an alleyway and stopped. It couldn't back up, because there was a vehicle directly behind it. It's programmed to be extra-conservative, so it just sat there as the truck slowly backed into it. The shuttle could have honked, a Keolis representative said, but didn't because the truck's trailer moved in a way that the autonomous system did not anticipate. The so-called "crash" happened in super slow motion, and merely dented the plastic panels on the front of the shuttle.