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January 10, 2018

Navya introduces Autonom Cab in North America

Navya has introduced the Autonom Cab for the first time in North America with live demonstrations in the downtown Las Vegas Innovation District.

Navya has introduced the Autonom Cab for the first time in North America with live demonstrations in the downtown Las Vegas Innovation District.

Keolis will be the first to operate the fully-electric Autonom Cab in North America with the vehicle featuring no cockpit, steering wheel or pedals. Able to carry up to six passengers the Autonom Cab is capable of speeds up to 55mph, but will average closer to 30mph as it travels in urban areas to conform with local speed limits.

Using a smartphone application, people can order an Autonom Cab with a click, as well as open and close the vehicle’s door to start it.

“With the introduction of vehicles such as Navya’s Autonom Cab we hope to kick start a sea change in the available options for urban mobility in cities across North America and beyond,” said Navya CEO, Christophe Sapet.

“Autonomous, personalised and shared, this mobility solution answers the major challenges urban populations face travelling in and around cities.

“Since the Las Vegas Innovation District is where we made the North American debut of our Autonom Shuttle on public roads during CES last year, we thought it was the ideal location to showcase our newest vehicle in partnership with our operations partner, Keolis.”

Autonom Cab uses multi-sensor technology on the market with ten Lidar sensors, six cameras, four radars, two GNSS antennae and one inertial measurement unit (IMU). These sensors provide at least a triple redundancy across all functions.

The on-board computer is capable of constantly merging data received by the sensor architecture. Autonom Cab’s intelligence is based on steering and detection systems which combine a number of technologies.

Navigating open roads requires major mapping work and route optimisation, with Navya creating its own mapping tool. Navya’s vehicles operate around the world on a daily basis, which has provided real-world experience.

The cab features integrated elements such as the connected touch screen from partner Ingenico Group, which enables frictionless payment to wheels and tyres from Michelin and Maxion.

Navya already has various partnership agreements with transport specialists, notably with Keolis in Europe as well as the US and with RAC in Australia.

Keolis is already operating the Autonom Shuttle in the US and France with service planned for Australia. Keolis has also run successful pilots with Navya in the UK, Denmark and Canada.

 Current plans are for the Autonom Cab to start service in North America in the second half of this year.

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