On the first day of an AAA insurance sponsored driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas, the vehicle crashed in a minor collision. It was the first test of the driverless vehicle, a failure of the big presentation that the Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman attended.
A representative with the City of Las Vegas said:
“The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown. The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it’s sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District.”
Las Vegas is the first city in the US to have a self-driving shuttle fully functioning, driving with the rest of the cars.
In the very first hour however, the shuttle crashed into a delivery truck quite softly. The truck’s driver was cited by the LVPD.
The vehicle is set to immediately hit the brakes if something crosses its path, and it did this time: but a truck still crashed into it and it could have been much worse.
According to a local 3 News article:
“The shuttle is set to run in a continuous loop downtown. Those checking out the shuttle system won’t see anything else like it across the entire country. The goal is to get at least a quarter-million people — locals and visitors, alike — onboard, trying out the driverless technology, first hand.
As of now, the rides are free. The shuttle can be boarded at any of the three stops located on Fremont and Carson Streets between Las Vegas Boulevard and 8th Street.”
But don’t people know that nothing free is ever good when it comes to people with money?
The fact that the Mayor of Las Vegas and the corporation AAA would be involved raises red flags. Why would powerful people be so interested in self driving vehicles? In the context of centralizing power, it makes perfect sense.
Some people believe that a technocratic future, of “smart cities” where everything is monitored and surveilled, and all energy usage is monitored and regulated, is on the horizon. In fact, it’s already a reality in one Chinese city.
Some believe that in the future, only self driving, smart cars will be permitted to drive, and permission to operate a vehicle will be exclusively for those who follow the unjust law, pay their taxes, ect. People theorize about future scenarios along those lines.
This documentary further explores the agenda of centralizing everything that one would think about when exploring driverless cars.
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