A self-driving electric shuttle was involved in an accident just days after it was launched.
According to the New York Post, the SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) truck collided with a municipal bus on the road just two days after its debut in Orlando, Florida.
The program was launched by the city on August 20.
The accident happened on Tuesday.
In an unexpected turn of events, a user of the little automated and electric car was recording at the time of the accident and published a clip of the incident on TikTok.
@samorlando220 Tried out the new SWAN Shuttle auntonmous shuttle in Downtown Orlando today. We crashed. #Beep ♬ original sound – Sam Gallaher
It is unclear which vehicle caused the crash.
According to the Post, no occupants in either vehicle were wounded in the low-speed incident.
According to Manufacturing Business Technology, the automated shuttle bus will transport passengers across a short area in downtown Orlando.
Following the collision, Orlando writer McKenna Schueler expressed concerns about the $500,000 SWAN program.
“Orlando’s autonomous SWAN Shuttle launched this week, and by Tuesday, it struck a Lynx bus causing minor damage to both vehicles,” she wrote, quoting the Orlando Sentinel.
“Seems like this $500,000 pilot program is going well.”
“Orlando’s autonomous SWAN Shuttle launched this week, and by Tuesday, it struck a Lynx bus causing minor damage to both vehicles.”
Seems like this $500,000 pilot program is going well.https://t.co/RIG2I9OU59
— McKenna Schueler (@SheCarriesOn) August 22, 2023
Americans are generally wary of driving beside self-driving cars on the nation’s highways and motorways.
According to a Pew Research poll, 44 percent of the population believes that the progressive introduction of automated cars into public transportation is detrimental for society.
A majority of 63 percent said they would not want to ride in such a vehicle.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the SWAN bus is designed to have an attendant on board at all times — and perhaps take control of the automated vehicle.
According to the Sentinel, a city representative stated that there were no plans to change the SWAN pilot program following the tragedy.