A driverless shuttle in Las Vegas made its official debut on public streets. Two hours into the job, it got into its first crash.

As it turns out, you don't have to be human to have a bad first day of work.

To be fair to the shuttle, the fender bender Wednesday was caused by the other driver - in this case a delivery truck that backed into the front of the shuttle, which stopped after it sensed it was in danger of collision, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department confirmed to The Washington Post that the delivery truck driver was at fault, and had been cited.

The shuttle, which is being run through a partnership of vehicle company Navya and transportation firm Keolis, had already been through a successful controlled trial in Vegas. It is back up and running Thursday, said Chris Barker, a Keolis spokesman, who added that the shuttle couldn't back up itself to avoid the collision because there was traffic behind it. "The autonomous system operated as it was supposed to," he said.

Las Vegas's shuttle is not the only driverless vehicle to end up in a crash that wasn't its fault. In fact, tests from Google's driverless car project reports that most - but not all - of the accidents it's logged appear to be the fault of a human, in some capacity. In some cases, it's been the fault of the human sitting behind the wheel of the driverless car; other crashes have been due to outside vehicles. The same seems to hold true for driverless vehicles being tested on roads in California, according to the accident reports that testers are compelled to file with the state.

Keolis Transit America's Maurice Bell, its vice president of mobility solutions, told the Review-Journal that the firm would take the information from the crash and learn from it. "That's probably the positive point of all this," he told the newspaper, "is that we have extensive data to be able to tell us what occurred and what we could do in the future to improve upon."

The debate over driverless vehicles and their effect on road safety continues to be a hot-button issue, as more cars take to the road. Nevada has allowed testing of autonomous semi-trucks. Lyft said this summer that it's planning to launch self-driving ride-shares by the end of the year, though there will still be someone in the driver's seat. California recently approved rules that will let autonomous vehicles drive without anyone behind the wheel. And a recent study from the RAND Corporation, published earlier this week, made an impassioned case for the government to allow driverless cars onto the road even if they're not yet "perfect," if they can prove they're safer than what we have now.

"Waiting for the cars to perform flawlessly is a clear example of the perfect being the enemy of the good," said RAND researcher Nihri Kalra.

As the Las Vegas shuttle accident illustrates, however, one of the biggest challenges may be getting human drivers used to autonomous vehicles.

Anniversary events

What: Afternoon of Recognition hosted by Amaturo Sonoma Media Group

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 30

Where: Old Courthouse Square

More details: heroesofoctober.com


What: Wildfire Anniversary Event: Community Healing Together. All-ages event to with art activities, musical performances, guided hikes, and food.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6

Where: Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, 5750 Faught Road

More details: https://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Play/Calendar/Wildfire-Anniversary-Event/


What: Museums of Sonoma County opening reception for “From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds,” which runs through Jan. 27

When: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 6

Where: 505 B St., Santa Rosa

Tickets/more details: museumsc.org/events.

*The event is the first in a larger series through the month of October, including an Oct. 25 event from 7-8:30 p.m. at 505 B St. featuring Press Democrat journalists discussing the fire coverage that earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize.


What: Together in Hope, a prayer gathering in solidarity to honor and remember the resiliency and recovery from the North Bay Fires.

When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7

Where: Cardinal Newman High School Field, 50 Ursuline Road.

More details: http://santarosacatholic.org/TogetherInHope


What: County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa’s ceremony, featuring chalk for artistic expression on sidewalks around Courthouse Square.

When: 4 – 8 p.m. Oct. 8, with a ceremony with a reading by Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla, and a firefighter memorial bell ringing begins at 6 p.m. Chalk will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Old Courthouse Square


What: La Luz Center’s appreciation of community resiliency, featuring food, art activities, resources and a listening session in Spanish conducted by Sustainable Sonoma.

When: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8

Where: La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St. Sonoma

RSVP: amanda@laluzcenter.org


What: Honoring Loss, Rising in Hope – an evening of singing, prayer and reflection.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: First United Methodist Church, 1151 Montgomery Drive

More details: Contact Pastor Lindsey Bell-Kerr at Lindsey.Bell-Kerr@fumcsantarosa.org



What: One-year remembrance gathering hosted by Coffey Strong

When: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Near the intersection of Hopper Avenue and Coffey Lane

More details: facebook.com/events/2123622767957025