Navya has launched a level 4 fully autonomous shuttle service without a safety operator on board.

The service has been launched progressively since 22 June at the National Sport Shooting Centre (NSSC) in Châteauroux, France, in partnership with Keolis.

Since 22 June, the Autonom Shuttle Evo has been operating within the National Shooting Sport Centre allowing athletes and visitors to move from the car park to the reception area. With a distance of 1.5 km, the route is driven at a maximum speed of 18kph.

The launch is a step towards the development of a transport offering which integrates level 4 full autonomy vehicles.

The service also marks the first global operation of the Autonom Shuttle Evo, the result of six years of experimentation and nearly 200 Navya deployments worldwide.

The Autonom Shuttle Evo version incorporates essential improvements to achieve level 4 autonomy, including:

  • Autonomy of functions to off-board the safety operator in a remote supervision centre
  • Reinforced and optimised sensor architecture to offer a wider vision and guarantee safety
  • Revised user experience (passenger information banner with visual and audible announcements, optimised access for people with reduced mobility)
  • Enhanced connectivity to remotely monitor vehicle status in real time and ensure secure predictive maintenance

Using Navya Driver autonomous driving software and the sensor architecture, the shuttle operates without a safety driver, in a determined environment and on a predefined route, with off-board supervision that can take control of the vehicle in real time if necessary.

The presence of other users (pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles) on the site is regulated through secure access and reduced driving speed.

In later stages of the experiment, the shuttle will be supervised from a remote control centre. The shuttle will operate on a route that includes a multi-lane road and intersections with connected traffic lights.

“The integration of this level 4 fully autonomous service operated by Keolis is an important step for Navya,” said Navya CEO, Etienne Hermite. “We want to demonstrate we are going to provide a truly autonomous transport service.

“At controlled speed and in a controlled environment, there are countless commercial uses (industrial sites, campuses, tourist sites) that represent many opportunities for our technology.

“In the coming months, we will focus on taking the steps that will enable us to commercialise these use cases.”