NHTSA suspends EasyMile autonomous shuttles in 10 cities

Dive Brief:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered autonomous shuttle company EasyMile to suspend service for 16 of its shuttles across 10 U.S. cities, after a Smart Columbus shuttle made a sudden stop and a 44-year-old woman fell from her seat, according to City of Columbus, OH spokesperson Alyssa Chenault?.

The Smart Columbus Linden LEAP shuttle was moving at 7.1 miles per hour with two passengers and a human operator aboard. The vehicle was moving from the Douglas Recreation Center stop when it braked suddenly for an unknown reason, she said.

EasyMile has been conducting an on-site review of the Columbus shuttle since Tuesday, according to Chenault. The services will resume once approval is given by NHTSA, which she said could be in about a week.