NAVYA – TRANSDEV PARTNERSHIP : 6 DRIVERLESS NAVYA ARMA SHUTTLES PUT INTO OPERATION AT THE EDF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN CIVAUX, FRANCE

Mai 04, 2016
Diego Isaac

A PARTNERSHIP TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TRANSPORT’S FUTURE CHALLENGES

French company NAVYA, manufacturer of the NAVYA ARMA, 100% autonomous, driverless and electric shuttle and TRANSDEV, a major player in the global mobility and transport sector, has announced a national partnership for the deployment of autonomous vehicles to EDF’s sites. Today, this partnership has taken a major step forward with the implementation of 6 NAVYA ARMA shuttles operating on the 220 hectares plant in Civaux. These 6 autonomous vehicles will from now on be transporting employees around the site.

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For TRANSDEV, this agreement is a sign of its commitment to a type of mobility that meets the needs of its customers and incorporates the latest evolutions in technology: “We are aiming to provide innovative solutions that offer our customers the best service possible. This is why we are working with NAVYA on the deployment of these vehicles, to EDF sites in particular. We are ambitious and have a widespread vision

of how we want things to go. Today’s first stage is key and we are putting all of our energy into making Civaux a success story” states Yann Leriche, Chief Performance Officer of the TRANSDEV group.

For NAVYA, this partnership prolongs its ambition to provide its customers with an innovative and performant autonomous solution. It will also enable NAVYA to accelerate deployment of the NAVYA ARMA solution to other industrial sites belonging to EDF: “We are pleased to have TRANSDEV as a partner and together we will be able to continue to improve existing transport solutions for our customers. We are also proud of the fact that EDF and the Civaux nuclear power plant have placed their trust in us. This inauguration is a symbol that highlights the union of French expertise and excellence” said Christophe Sapet, CEO of NAVYA.

A WORLDWIDE FIRST ON AN INDUSTRIAL SITE

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Spread over 220 ha and 2.5 km door to door, the power plant resembles a small town with more than 1100 people working there each year. By taking delivery of a fleet of NAVYA ARMA shuttles, the EDF nuclear power plant in Civaux is becoming the first industrial site in the world to be equipped with 100% autonomous vehicles. These vehicles improve mobility on the site and require no infrastructure. They have provided a replacement to the classic diesel bus that circulated every 15 minutes and now employees are travelling on a fleet of autonomous shuttles that operate at 5 minute intervals. They waste less time waiting for the bus or walking which represents a real increase in productivity estimated at close to 3 million euros per year. Furthermore, with more than 80% of all accidents being caused by human error, operating NAVYA ARMA driverless shuttles is a sure bet in terms of safety which is essential on a nuclear power plant.

MORE MOBILITY, LESS CO2

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Compared to the classic thermal engine bus, the six autonomous electric shuttles will significantly improve the quality of service. In terms of environmental friendliness (reduction of CO2 emissions by 44 tonnes per year) and on-site mobility (employee waiting time cut by a third) the six-shuttle fleet is more competitive at the Civaux plant than the more classic thermal bus solution.

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