World’s Maiden Fully Autonomous Transport Service Launched In France

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French transport giant Keolis is collaborating with NAVYA to launch NAVLY, worlds maiden fully autonomous, self-driven public transportation. This announcement was made at American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Annual Meeting.

NAVLY is being developed in Lyon, France, where Keolis operates buses, tram and subway system. This is the very first time an autonomous vehicle is used in public transportation. NAVYA's ARMA vehicle is a self-driving shuttle that can transport 15 passengers with the speed of 45km/h.

The ARMA shuttles have no steering wheels or pedals and 100 percent electric. The shuttle is equipped with advanced navigation and sensor system. The shuttle will cover a route of 1.6km without any traffic lights, intersections and crosswalks. An operator is onboard the shuttle to take preventive measures if necessary.

This service is developed with the help of la Metropole de Lyon and Sytral, the local transport agency. This autonomous shuttle complies with the safety regulation of France to operate autonomous vehicles on open road.

 

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 17:10 [IST]
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