The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked EasyMile, a French-based self-driving technology start-up, to suspend passenger service after a minor accident,media reported. The company announced the temporary suspension on Tuesday, saying a passenger slipped from his seat in a minor accident.
EasyMile’s self-driving car bus made an emergency stop on a test route in Columbus, Ohio, at the time of the accident, the company said.
EasyMile drives self-driving cars that look like buses at very low speeds. When the bus was traveling at 7.1 mph, it suddenly braked urgently.
NHTSA will review injuries to passengers, but the agency has not completely excluded EasyMile from the road. In 10 states run by the startup, the self-driving shuttle can still operate on public roads, but it is not now able to carry passengers.
EasyMile will continue to analyse sudden parking by running test driving. It also announced that its service personnel had been trained to alert passengers to grab the railings while driving.