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Driverless shuttle is new thrill in downtown Las Vegas

High and low rollers alike can climb aboard what officials say is the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public US street

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There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas.

High and low rollers alike can climb aboard what officials say is the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public US street.

The oval-shaped shuttle that carries 12 people began a 10-day, free pilot program Tuesday along Fremont Street in the downtown entertainment district.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman was among the first public officials to hop a ride on the vehicle developed by the French company Navya.

The company has shuttles in use in other countries, and one is being tested at a University of Michigan research site.

It uses GPS and electronic sensors that company spokesman Martin Higgins says will stop it if a person or dog runs in front.