Driverless Shuttle to Begin Service in Downtown Las Vegas

After a successful pilot period back in January 2017, a driverless shuttle is ready to begin service on Fremont East in downtown Las Vegas.

While an official announcement hasn’t been made yet, the self-driving, autonomous shuttle is expected to begin operation on Nov. 8, 2017.

The shuttle service will be free.

Driverless shuttle Las Vegas

Hold on! You’re in for a wild ride of up to 15 miles per hour.

The driverless shuttle is the first of its kind to be deployed on a public roadway in the country.

Unlike during the shuttle’s test run in January, it will not only move passengers between Flippin’ Good restaurant and the Downtown Container Park, it will loop over to E. Carson Ave., with a stop outside Donut Bar.

Previously, a lane of traffic was blocked off for the shuttle, but when it goes live this time, it will maneuver in traffic.

Driverless shuttle Las Vegas

While the driverless shuttle never turns around, it does go both ways. It’s Vegas, we don’t judge.

The shuttle is battery-operated and carries about 15 people.

Judging by the wrap on the vehicle, the shuttle service is sponsored by AAA.

Here’s a look at the shuttle in action during its pilot period earlier this year.

The hours of operation of the autonomous shuttle aren’t known yet, but the shuttle ran from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during its trial run.

Expect some hooplah around the launch of the driverless shuttle program in the days to come.

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  • Manybar Goatfish

    The future is now. Downtown Las Vegas is leading the way. This is awesome news.

    • Until it crashes and kills someone. NO thanks.

      • Mike L

        Agreed. I trust this about as much as I trust those cars that are supposed to parallel park themselves.

        • Manybar Goatfish

          My car is so white trash it can trailer park itself. (Or maybe I don’t remember how I got home.)

      • Manybar Goatfish

        Annual United States Road Crash Statistics:
        – Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
        – An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled

        People-driven cars are way too dangerous and will be outlawed in the foreseeable future. Look at the direction of auto manufacturers. It’s not fun owning stock in the auto-makers that aren’t heavily invested and leaders in developing driverless cars. There is no future for them, otherwise.

        • Rocky Sullivan

          They won’t be ‘outlawed’ but the liability insurance to drive a vehicle will be through the roof. Jay Leno type millionaires will be the only drivers on the road.

        • This one goes 15 miles per hour. It would be hard to do too much damage at that speed, and attendants are involved.

          • Manybar Goatfish

            Tell me about it. I have a greater fear of tripping over a curb and breaking my neck than being flattened by a runaway driverless shuttle. Are these people serious?

        • The INSTANT someone posts “statistics” instead of real facts, they are lying to you. Statistics can be manipulated to whatever outcome the shill wants. I for one, will never allow myself to be driven around by windows 10 LOL

          • Manybar Goatfish

            Smoking is a leading cause of statistics.

            “Smoke ’em if you got ’em.”

            Don’t let me stop ya.

          • West Street

            it crashed 2 hours after opening today. HAHAHAHA

          • That’s doesn’t adequately cover what happened. Check out my story!

  • Harlen Mayven

    No way would I ride in that thing. Sorry, I just do not trust it.

  • James L

    So in an effort to be super high tech and push the envelope, downtown will put peoples lives at risk? Automated vehicles have already proven they are not ready for prime time.

    • This one has a specific route, goes only 15 mph and has an attendant onboard.

      • West Street

        and today, 2 hours in , it crashed.

  • West Street

    Nope, I come to Vegas to have fun, not risk my life on a dangerous toy.

    • What makes you think it’s dangerous? Human error is much more likely to cause an accident.

      • West Street

        AND.. within 2 hours of operation, it crashed into a truck. Yeah, thanks again, I will stay away. Most should be smart and stay away as well.

      • West Street

        So you are a lobbyist for the self driving car industry?

        • Funny! I just have the benefit of speaking with the people involved, and I calls ’em as I sees ’em. I think most media outlets reported this in a way that distorted what happened. It wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t a “crash” and the shuttle didn’t cause it.

  • W.B.

    To all of you that are frightened by this innovation – do you ride the monorail on the strip or the tram at the airport? Both of those are driver-less.

    • Mike L

      Those are on tracks and not maneuvering around other vehicles, people and other pedestrians… you can’t seriously think it’s the same thing.

    • NJrick

      1. The Monorail is a fixed system monitored by real people and computer. In effect, it’s not “self driving”.
      2. The Monorail and the airport are highly sophisticated and not even in the same class as a driverless vehicle.
      3. It won’t last anyway.

    • W.B.

      If only blogs were around when cars began to replace the horse and buggy. I can only imagine what the comments section would have looked like…

  • Mike L

    All the technical and safety concerns aside, who is going to police who uses this if there’s no driver? Will there be a couple of permanent bums or buskers trying to hit people up for cash while they’re all trapped inside?

    • JasonGhiselin

      Great point!

    • There’s an attendant inside.

      • William Wingo

        That sounds like a great job. Wonder what it pays….

      • Mike L

        Really…? Seems like they should have just made it a regular shuttle where the attendant is the driver.

  • slickpoetry

    I will ride this in february. lol.

  • Rocky Sullivan

    With no driver who will clean out the vomit?

    • Mike L

      That’s part of the fun! Think of it as the sawdust and peanuts on the floor at a bbq restaurant.

  • JasonGhiselin

    Does the low passenger capacity allow this to not be ADA compliant?

  • Kevin Rackley

    I have to assume there are video cameras in there. Otherwise, people will be trying to join the Foot High Club.

  • We need to get 3 or 4 of these beauties and race them. It’ll be bigger than the slotzilla.

  • JeffinOKC

    There is zero chance a large insurance company (as well as an auto club) would sponsor an unsafe ground transportation vehicle. ZEE. EEE. AREUH. OHH.

  • Glo XO

    Oh, c’mon. It’s a slow-moving weiniemobile. I’d take my 85-year-old mama on it but she trips over speed bumps. Literally. Still, I’d take it, anytime. I’ll bet in a few years I’ll be taking one to the grocery store.

    • Manybar Goatfish

      Some people can’t visualize (because of blindness) that driverless cars will be queued and waiting for them to hop in at the front door of a grocery store. That will save them 200 steps to their car, vehicle maintenance costs, insurance costs, car payments, headaches. Plus, they’ll no longer have to worry about their kids going to prison for 5 to 8 years for maiming someone after consuming alcohol and driving, as all the cool kids do.