Autonomous Shuttle Bus Strikes Pedestrian In Vienna

An incident involving an autonomous bus striking a pedestrian in Vienna is currently being investigated by Austrian authorities.

While the hit only resulted in minor injuries, the city’s transit authorities have temporarily suspended further trials. The vehicle was a Navya SAS shuttle, traveling at 12 km/h (7.5 mph) when it struck a 30-year old woman in her knee, according to state broadcaster ORF.

Vienna has been testing two driverless buses under a program that began last much, with the Austrian Institute of Technology and Siemens mobility also participating in the project, as reported by Autonews Europe.

As of right now, it’s unclear what happened, especially since these projects require a professional drive to be on board whenever these autonomous units are operating in public.

Also read: Self-Driving Apple Prototype Involved In Crash Near Headquarters

According to Navya, their Autonom Shuttle model was “specifically designed to meet the needs of an autonomous, driverless vehicle while also optimizing navigation and safety features.”

“With neither a steering wheel nor pedals, Autonom Shuttle uses effective guidance and detection systems that combine various types of advanced technology. Data from Lidar sensors, cameras, GPS RTK, IMU and odometry is merged together and interpreted by deep learning programs.”

Ultimately, it wouldn’t be fair to speculate with regards to what happened in Vienna, especially since we don’t know who was at fault, the pedestrian or the shuttle’s on-board tech (or more specifically, which sensor/program). It’s a good thing though that the vehicle was moving at a very low speed and the woman didn’t sustain any life-threatening injuries.

  • Paul

    With the manufacturers thinking they need to rush full speed ahead towards something the world is not ready for get ready for more of this type of thing.

  • Craig

    People are unpredictable. So I predict that fully autonomous vehicles are going to turn out to be a disaster.

    • Jay

      What I’ve been trying to say this whole time.

    • HD

      Luckily for us it’s not being developed by your likes, but by visionary and rational people who trust data more than opinions…

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        That’s all very well but Data was a robot (android) just like the rest of them.
        He expired anyway in Nemesis.

      • Craig

        Spoken like a true tech nerd. Someone who has almost ZERO understanding of how HUMANS work.

  • robotlogic

    Interpretation of “news speak”: She walked into the side of the shuttle while looking at her phone thus injuring her knee.

    • Liam Paul

      nonetheless even if she was not watching where she was walking, these so called self driving autonomous vehicles are suppose to be able to not hit people no matter if the person was looking or not.

      • robotlogic

        You can’t safely stop someone from walking into the side of a vehicle no matter how many sensors you have.

  • Arct1c

    It’s happening: the robots are coming for us.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I wish they’d hurry up. I’m already running late.

  • Liam Paul

    autonomous vehicles are not safe, they should not be allow on any public road to be used with or without a human driver to take over.. A person should be driving these things at all time and only the autonomous vehicles be used to take over if something happens to the human driver in a emergency situation where a autonomous vehicle is better than nothing.

    • HD

      Oh the ignorance of humans. Autonomous vehicles are not one thing and they are not one state. It’s a continuously developing technology. By the way statistically autonomous vehicles are already better drivers than the average humans. This is what counts, not single cases of accidents (especially in the case we don’t even know what happened).

      • Craig

        LOL – you deluded little soul.

        • HD

          Talk to me in 5 years. Until then I suggest you read some books on the topic, or… stay ignorant.

          • Craig

            I’m willing to bet that NO ONE has EVER complimented you on your incredible understanding of HUMAN BEINGS.

          • HD

            Mention a single book you read on the topic or get out.

          • Craig

            You’re a jackass.

  • It’s all fun-n-games until HAL-9000 breaks your kneecaps. 😲

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