New partnership for Navya, this time in Scotland, Company News

After signing a memorandum of understanding in early August for the deployment of an autonomous shuttle in the United States, drive systems provider Navya has signed a new partnership for the first autonomous shuttle project in Scotland.


New partnership for Navya, this time in Scotland | Photo credits: Navya / Michaël GOUNON

Created in 2014 in Lyon, the company specialized in the supply of autonomous mobility systems and associated services Navya will put into service an electric and autonomous shuttle to serve a three kilometer route that connects the Inverness campus with the commercial park and the business district. in the cultural capital of the Highlands. Free during its launch period through October, the shuttle can accommodate up to 15 people and will allow campus students and staff to ride from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This shuttle, which, for security reasons, will have an operator who can take control of the vehicle, is part of Scotland’s ambition to develop shared mobility in complete safety and for the region “to be at the forefront of guarding the connected mobility and the autonomous vehicle”. industrial”, as the Scottish Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth, wishes. Based on regular monitoring, stakeholders will also take advantage of this pilot project to judge the feasibility of an autonomous vehicle and determine the socio-economic impacts of this type of mobility.

tripartite project

As usual, Navya is carrying out this new project by combining public support and private expertise. AECOM, an infrastructure consultancy that has already collaborated with Navya, will be the main contractor. HITRANS, regional transport partner for the Highlands and Islands, will be the promoter and provide the financing, in particular thanks to the European support of the “Planning for Autonomous Vehicles” project. British transport giant Stagecoach will operate the ferry, which it has designed and built for Highland Council and Inverness campus trips. All partners also want the vehicle to be used as much as possible. In particular, they will allow schools to use the transport service for school visits.

The group, whose historical shareholders are Valeo and Keolis, has multiplied this type of alliance, in particular with the signing in early August of a memorandum of understanding with the city of White Bear Lake in the United States. The company, a pioneer since 2015 in the implementation of autonomous mobility solutions, has sold 200 copies of its passenger transport shuttle in 25 countries and in 2021 reached a turnover of 10.2 million euros.


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