Public transportation isn't probably the first venue you'd consider for a wedding, but the American Automobile Association (AAA) wants to make it happen this month.
The AAA has launched a competition to find the first couple to get married in one of its self-driving shuttles in the Las Vegas area. All you need to do is fill out the AAA's online form by June 20, and if you win, you can get hitched in its Navya self-driving shuttle on June 30 at the Downtown Las Vegas Container Park, which despite its name is an open-air shopping center and not just a lot filled with shipping containers.
The shuttle runs for about eight hours a day between Tuesday and Sunday. It picks up riders at the Container Park and offers several stops, including Donut Bar and the Fremont Street Experience. Partners include the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and Keolis North America, which operates the Navya-built shuttle.
The shuttle first made news when it wason its first day of operation. The shuttle came to a stop in front of a truck, which accidentally backed into the shuttle as it was making a delivery. The driver of the truck was cited, and nobody was hurt, with the damage limited to the shuttle's bumper.
Navya showed off a different self-driving vehicle at this year's CES in Las Vegas. The is capable of transporting six people under autonomous electric power. Unlike the Autonom Shuttle (the one the AAA uses in Vegas), which adheres to prescribed routes, the Autonom Cab is able to serve an entire urban area, delivering folks wherever they need to go within that area. With 10 lidar units, six cameras, four radars and a $250,000 price tag, it's an expensive proposition.
(Hat tip to ZDNet!)