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NEWS DESK: A new self-driving shuttle crashed on its first day of service in Las Vegas, reported The Independent.

The driverless shuttle had just begun setting off on half-mile loops around the Nevada tourist haven, part of a joint project of insurance giant AAA (American Automobile Association), transportation company Kelois and French tech firm Nayva.

Hours into the vehicle’s inaugural journey, a delivery truck emerged from an alley and clipped its front bumper, city spokesman Jace Radke said. No one was injured and the truck driver was cited.

“The shuttle did its job in that the sensors hit on the truck, knew the truck was coming and stopped as it was supposed to do. The problem was the truck didn’t stop,“ Mr Radke said, adding that the collision served the larger goal of seeing how autonomous cars navigate.

“Autonomous technology has the potential to save lives and improve traffic safety,” AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah president Tim Condon said in a press release touting the new shuttle.

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