The shuttle was in a collision with a delivery truck not far from the Las Vegas Strip, less than two hours after officials held an unveiling ceremony to promote the vehicle.
The shuttle was built by Navaya, a French company that is also operating it on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, not far from a manufacturing facility it has established in the city of Saline.
Hours into the vehicle's inaugural journey, a delivery truck emerged from an alley and clipped its front bumper, city spokesman Jace Radke said. No one was injured and the truck driver was cited.
“The shuttle did its job in that the sensors hit on the truck, knew the truck was coming and stopped as it was supposed to do. The problem was the truck didn't stop,“ Mr Radke said, adding that the collision served the larger goal of seeing how autonomous cars navigate.