Keolis to operate first Navya autonomous taxis in North America
Navya 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 Autonom Cab in North America.
The electric-powered Autonom Cab provides a transport service for private or shared trips in urban centers. The cab was designed from the outset to be autonomous and able to carry up to six passengers. The Autonom Cab is capable of speeds up to 55 mph (88 km/h), but it will average closer to 30 mph (48 km/h) as it travels in urban areas to conform with local speed limits.
"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. Autonomous, personalized, and shared, this unique mobility solution answers the major challenges urban populations face traveling in and around cities," said Navya CEO Christophe Sapet. "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."
"Keolis is focused on providing fluid, efficient, and integrated transportation options to meet the evolving needs of cities and other transit networks," said Keolis North America CEO Clement Michel. "We're pleased to be working with Navya to introduce a new mode of autonomous transportation with the Autonoms. Autonom Shuttles and Cab give us additional options to improve transportation systems Keolis operates for cities around the world."
The Autonom Cab has 10 Lidar sensors, 6 cameras, 4 radars, 2 GNSS antennas, and 1 inertial measurement unit (IMU). These sensors provide at least a triple redundancy across all functions. The onboard computer is capable of constantly merging data received by the sensor architecture. Autonom Cab's intelligence is based on high-performance steering and detection systems that combine a number of technologies.
Navya already has various partnership agreements with transport specialists, notably with Keolis in Europe and the US and with RAC in Australia. Keolis has also run successful pilots with Navya in the UK, Denmark, and Canada. Current plans are for the Autonom Cab to begin service in North America in the second half of 2018.