Lyon City Design 2013: the Navia driverless shuttle brought into circulation in real urban conditions from 13 to 17 March 2013 in Lyon

13 March 2013

The Navia driverless shuttle, fully developed by the French company Induct, carries out its first journeys in real urban-zone conditions in Lyon. This world première fits neatly into Greater Lyon's smart city initiative, which aims to make the agglomeration of Lyon a laboratory of innovation and experimentation.

The driverless shuttle, which can carry up to 8 passengers without human intervention, on this occasion travels along the Rue de République, between the Place de la République and the Bellecour metro.

The driverless shuttle is in operation from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., from Wednesday 13th March to Sunday 17th March 2013.

A demonstration of the driverless shuttle Navia is also provided:

  • in the Lyon City Design event taking place at the Grand Hôtel Dieu from 14th to 17th March 2013, in Lyon and
  • a few days before the Innorobo show to run from 19th to 23rd March 2013, at the Lyon Convention Centre (Cité internationale of Lyon).

Navia, a 100% electric and driverless shuttle

Navia, a driverless shuttle in the service of urban mobility

An innovative transport solution, Navia is a driverless electric vehicle, which can take up to 8 people. Navia was designed as a supplement to traditional means of transport, whether individual or public, for the "first or last kilometre".

Navia is the ideal companion in environments requiring easy, secure and environmentally friendly mobility, for example pedestrian town centres, large private industrial sites, airports, theme parks, university campuses or indeed hospital centres.

"Public transport alone is not sufficient. We need to dream up means of mobility which are accessible and available on the spot. The objective is to improve mobility by thinking outside of the usual schemes and private vehicles," states Pierre Lefèvre, the CEO of Induct.

Moving alone at a maximum speed of 20 km/h, the shuttle transports people without a driver and in complete safety thanks to lasers and sensors fitted in the vehicle. Navia can thus avoid obstacles in its path or stop if a pedestrian is detected.

When users step onto the shuttle, they face a touchscreen which presents the various stops on the route. The users select their destination stop on the screen and the shuttle sets off automatically to take them there. At the destination, the doors open to let the passengers out or into the shuttle.

Being an electric shuttle, Navia is silent and is charged at a charging point without human intervention and does not require any specific infrastructure such as rails, which means that it can be used on any type of site.

"Navia is able to move in any kind of environment, without any need for dialogue with infrastructures," states Cyril Royère, engineer in charge of the robotics and electronics team at Induct.

Navia, technologies serving mobility and the environment

To move autonomously, Navia is fitted with technologies which allow it to find its way in its environment, to define a trajectory, to detect obstacles and to move guided by all these data.

When installed on a site, a first journey is carried out with Navia in order to survey the route or routes to be taken. This first journey serves to build a precise map of the site. On its journeys, Navia compares its route in real time with this map, which makes it autonomous and allows it to adapt to its environment without any difficulty.

Navia can offer a flexible means of transport adapted to the configurations of each site. The vehicle can thus be used like a bus, with set stops and a strict timetable, or be used for transport on demand, being called via a terminal, a smartphone or the internet. This final option involves simply boarding the shuttle and entering one's destination on the control screen.

The itinerary is calculated automatically and because it is a four-wheel drive vehicle, Navia can move in either direction without having to do a U-turn to set off in the opposite direction.

About Induct

Induct is a French high-tech SME created in 2004. The company has acquired vast experience in automobile robotics and onboard systems by means of innovative research projects. Today, it offers solutions to aid mobility in the urban environment and launches 100% electric driverless vehicles.

About Lyon, smart city

With its smart city initiative, the Greater Lyon Authority is taking stock of its central and strategic position to initiate, organise and promote private and collective initiatives in the service of new solutions, new uses and thus new forms of growth.

Greater Lyon seeks to reconcile economic dynamism and sustainable development and aims to become a testing ground for the creation of innovative services and uses.

It thus offers businesses a raft of services, including the Cellule Grand Lyon Expérimentation, and is putting in place the conditions for innovation in its territory.

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The "Cellule Grand Lyon Expérimentation" supports businesses and carriers of innovative projects in their development via its facilitation of R&D by putting in place testing in the territory of Lyon.

This initiative is not intended to finance projects but makes life-size testing possible in the urban space or by the provision of specific data, subject to certain conditions.