Navya launches new autonomous Bus service in France

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Navya, a leading company in autonomous driving systems, announces the deployment of a fleet of three Autonomous Shuttle operated by Keolis.

The three shuttles deployed run along a 1.6 km path on an open road, in complete interaction with other users. The route includes 4 stops, linking the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Montigny-le-Bretonneau train station to a suburban area that includes several firms. The shuttles run every 8 minutes during rush hour, Monday to Friday, from 7.30 am to 8 pm. They are integrated into heavy traffic. The service completes the public transport offer of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines agglomeration. As part of this experiment, users benefit from free transport.

Inaugurated on March, 31st 2021, this project launched by Ile-de-France Mobilités in association with the city of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is operated by Keolis and will run until at least June 2022. This is the first deployment of autonomous shuttles on public roads with a service level commitment: a further step towards a larger-scale integration of autonomous shuttles in daily public transport services. The launch of this service is a perfect response to the challenges faced by local authorities looking for innovative solutions to improve their transport services.

Etienne Hermite, CEO of Navya, stated: “I would like to thank all the partners involved in this project, which marks a new step in the integration of autonomous shuttles within an existing public transport network. Navya is proud to support Keolis on this project which perfectly illustrates the added value of an autonomous mobility service dedicated to the first/last mile. I am convinced that new experiments similar to the one in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will be conducted over the coming months, redesigning tomorrow’s transport models for the benefit of local authorities”.

About Navya

Created in 2014, Navya is a leading name specialized in the supply of autonomous driving systems and associated services. With 280 employees in France (Paris and Lyon), in the United States (Saline, Michigan) and in Singapore, Navya aims to become the leading player in level 4 autonomous driving systems for passenger and goods transport. Since 2015, Navya autonomous mobility solutions have been first to market and first to on-road service.

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