LAS VEGAS (AP) — French company Induct on Monday showed off the first driverless vehicle to be commercially available in the U.S.
The Navia shuttle isn't ready for U.S. street traffic yet, but this standing-room-only shuttle can transport up to 10 people from point to point on university campuses or in airport parking lots at speeds topping out at 12.5 mph.
It even charges itself wirelessly.
"It's more complementary to public transportation systems than replacing them," he said. "This can remove private cars from campuses and the very center of cities."
In a demo for The Associated Press on Monday, the Navia carried four people standing in a small padded area as it moved around a circular course in a Las Vegas Convention Center parking lot. The shuttle had to be pre-programmed with the route. It uses lasers to precisely measure the distance to nearby obstacles like buildings or curbs.
The Navia automatically came to a stop when a staffer stood in front of it, but it didn't stop when he crossed in front of the path fast enough to avoid a collision. When he walked slowly in front of the Navia's path, it trundled along behind him at a slower speed.