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Self-driving shuttle debuts in Las Vegas

An autonomous all-electric shuttle will be operating along Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas (NV) for the next 10 days — the first such deployment on a public roadway in the U.S.

The driverless vehicle was developed by the French company Navya in partnership with Keolis and will be tested through January 20.  The vehicle will travel in mixed traffic from 10 AM to 6 PM during the test period.

“What a wonderful day for all of us to witness this,” said Mayor Carolyn Goodman after taking a spin on the shuttle. “Being the control freak that I am, I was very nervous to get on this vehicle, but it is clean, has beautiful air and moves sort of swiftly but so beautifully down Fremont East.”

The vehicle can carry 12 passengers, and customers will ride for free during the trial.  The shuttle uses a combination of radar and GPS technology to safely navigate the road and will initially operate at 12 miles per hour — substantially slower than the top speed of 27 MPH. Link to full story in Las Vegas Sun.

Photo credit: Susan Mara Bregman

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