Jul 03, 2017
Diego Isaac

The inauguration of the autonomous shuttles service on the La Défense Esplanade took place this morning, Monday, July 3 at the Hilton La Défense restaurant with the participation of this ambitious project’s partners: Valérie PÉCRESSE, President of the Île-de-France region and of STIF, Patrick DEVEDJIAN, President of the Departmental Board of Hauts-de Seine and of DEFACTO, Jean-Pierre FARANDOU, CEO of Keolis Group and Christophe SAPET, CEO of NAVYA, have all expressed their positive vision about this project. Following their speech, the four directors have boarded one of the three autonomous shuttles which are deployed to officially launch this new transport service at the cutting edge of technology that serves the first European business district.

An experimentation of a considerable scale at La Defense !

Three autonomous driverless and 100% electric shuttles will circulate all week long, during six months, in the most visited business district in Europe! The three autonomous shuttles will operate on three different tracks in order to cover the district of La Défense which hosts more than 500 000 visitors daily!

During the first three months of the service, welcome officers will be present with the passengers onboard the shuttles to acquaint them with this unprecedented service. Then they will circulate without any welcome officers during the last three months.

The experimentation, which has begun last Thursday, will be conducted, at least, until end of December 2017. It will allow to test this 100% autonomous and eco-friendly public transport service, in a very dense urban area, for the purpose of a possible deployment in the years to come. The goal of this service is to transport passengers on the first and last kilometer.

This service, offered by the STIF, Keolis, NAVYA and DEFACTO, is free during all the experimentation.






Practical information

Three shuttles have been deployed for this experimentation on the La Défense Esplanade. The starting point for the three tracks is at the foot of Grande Arche of La Défense.

2 tracks during the week :

  • Grande Arche – Quartier Valmy : 1 stop at the start of the Promenade des Jardins de l’Arche.
  • Faubourg de l’Arche – Technip FMC Tower : 1 stop at place Carpeaux.

Schedule and stops frequencies :

  • Schedule during the week : 8:00 am-8:00 pm
  • One shuttle every ten minutes during the peak hours (8:00am-10:00am / 12:00am-2:00pm / 4:00pm-8:00pm).
  • One shuttle every twenty minutes during the rest of the day.
1 track during the week-end :
  • Grande Arche – Cheminée de Moretti : 2 stops
    • Stop in front of “Les Personnages Fantastiques” facing the 4 Temps shopping mall.
    • Stop “Les Trois Arbres” near the GE building and the Sofitel hotel.

Schedule and passage frequencies :

  • Schedule during the week-end and public holidays : 10:00 am-6:00 pm
  • One shuttle every twenty minutes.







NAVYA ARMA is a safe, reliable and comfortable 100% autonomous, driverless and electric public transport vehicle that can carry up to 15 people. It has been designed to ensure the specific functions of an autonomous vehicle while optimizing navigation and safety. The shuttle is equipped with a multitude of sensor technology to provide 3D vision which enables it to map out the environment, detect obstacles in its path and identify traffic and road signs. The NAVYA ARMA shuttle can reach speeds of 28miles/hr. However, taking into account the nature of the sites it often serves, this is often limited to 15 miles/hr. The vehicle aims to provide a complement to current public transport systems over distances that are too short to go by car or are too long on foot.



NAVYA, created in 2014, is a French company specializing in developing innovative, smart and sustainable mobility solutions. NAVYA develops driverless, automated electric vehicles that are independent of all infrastructure. These vehicles are designed for the intelligent transport of people and goods.

In October 2015, NAVYA launched the NAVYA ARMA, a 100% autonomous, driverless and electric shuttle which can transport up to 15 people and which is now operating on different sites: private sites and public roads.

The vehicle is equipped with numerous sensors and an on-board computing system that enables it to interact with its surroundings. It is also intended to provide efficient mobility solutions in terms of space and energy. NAVYA benefits from major advances in technology in the autonomous, electric vehicle sector thanks to its experience in the field and a highly-qualified R&D team. Christophe Sapet, its CEO, is supported by a team of 130 people divided up between Lyon and Paris.

October 2016 saw NAVYA’s shareholders unanimously approve a raise in capital of 30 million euros. French groups VALEO and KEOLIS and the Qatari GROUP8 acquired a stake in the company alongside GRAVITATION and CAPDECISIF MANAGEMENT, who joined in 2015 and ROBOLUTION CAPITAL, the original investor.