Autonomous shuttle service trial begins in Paris

A new, autonomous shuttle service has been launched in the heart of Europe’s largest business district, Paris La Défense.

The service was launched by NAVYA and KEOLIS, in partnership with Paris public transport authority Ile-de-France Mobilités (Ex-STIF) and DEFACTO, following its inauguration on 3 July 2017. The service will be a six-month trial, using three NAVYA ARMA fully autonomous, 100% driverless and electric shuttles. It aims to meet the mobility needs of passengers, and remain in keeping with the city of Paris’s approach to innovation in favour of new sustainable mobility solutions.The service is free of charge for users and offers three different routes, seven days a week, serving the main areas of the Paris La Défense district, which welcomes 500,000 visitors every day. During the first three months, operators will be present onboard the shuttles. However, the second phase will see the NAVYA ARMA shuttles running in fully autonomous mode, with no operators onboard. This is the first time that such a trial will have been conducted in a semi-pedestrian area.

The starting point for the three tracks is at the foot of Grande Arche of La Défense, from where the ‘Grande Arche – Quartier Valmy’ and ‘Faubourg de l’Arche – Technip FMC Tower’ routes will run every 10 minutes during peak times during the week, and shuttles will run every 20 minutes at the weekends on the ‘Grande Arche – Cheminée de Moretti’ route. Read more here.