Driver Injured in Self-Driving Car Accident on Harmon Avenue in Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV -- November 14, 2022 a driver was injured after an accident where a self-driving car crashed into an 18-wheeler.
Investigators said that the crash happened along Harmon Avenue in the area of Planet Hollywood Resort. It appears the crash involved a Toyota Highlander that was self driving in what was described as "an autonomous vehicle pilot program run by Zoox."
The driver of the vehicle told authorities that she was behind the wheel but "thought the vehicle was going to stop on its own." It did not, causing the vehicle to crash into a tractor-trailer. The woman was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Self-Driving Car Accident on Harmon Avenue in Las Vegas
There is obviously a lot going on here that would require experienced specialists with certain tools to handle. These vehicles with self-driving features are still pretty new, and they often grab headlines due to public concerns about the technology or the companies working on them. Maybe this was all just a software glitch, or maybe it was operator error. But someone was hurt, and steps should always be taken to consider how to get them the help they need.
Were they an employee or a volunteer for the program? Is this "pilot program" operating publicly? Have there been known issues or past incidents similar to this one? Answering these questions will likely show this crash is far from simple, which means it'll take significant steps to get people the help they deserve.