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FRENCH GOVERNMENT PLACES AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE AT THE HEART OF ITS INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

21 November 2017

FRENCH GOVERNMENT PLACES AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE AT THE HEART OF ITS INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

This Monday was held the  Council National of Industry (CNI) at Valeo’s R&D Center in Bobigny near Paris. Presided by the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, the CNI aims to improve the competitiveness of the industry, strengthen the sectors and develop the associated jobs and skills. In connection with this CNI, Edouard Philippe accompanied by 8 ministers of his government got aboard AUTONOM SHUTTLE, a way to introduce and illustrate the strategic position of autonomous vehicles in the government’s plans.

On the occasion of the Council National of Industry, the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe exposed his industrial project to boost the French industry, and reposition France in its place on the international level. The CNI also brings together industry actors such as companies and employees representatives around strategic themes such as innovation, training and corporate finance.

 

AUTONOM SHUTTLE, THE NEW GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION SOLUTION

On Monday at the Valeo site in Bobigny, the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, met Christophe Sapet, NAVYA CEO, and Jacques Aschenbroich, Valeo CEO, for a demonstration of AUTONOM SHUTTLE, the autonomous shuttle marketed by NAVYA since 2015.

The French group Valeo, an automotive supplier, bought a stake in NAVYA’s capital in October 2016 with a fundraising of 30 million euros. This collaboration enabled NAVYA to access the group’s technologies and equipment to integrate them into the AUTONOM range.

Christophe Sapet welcoming the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe and Valérie Pécresse the President of Île-de-France Region

Before unveiling its plans for industrial reconquest, the Prime Minister and members of his government got onboard of the shuttle to take the direction of the  Council National of Industry in a fully autonomous mode.

 

Discover the journey of Government members in AUTONOM SHUTTLE

During this trip, the NAVYA’s AUTONOM SHUTTLE transported: Edouard Philippe – Prime Minister; Nicolas Hulot – Minister of State, Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition ; Bruno Le Maire – Minister of Economy and Finance ; Elisabeth Borne – Minister of Transport ; Brune Poirson – Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition ; Mounir Mahjoubi – Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, in charge of Digital ; Valérie Pécresse – President of Île-de-France Region


AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES, NUMBER 1 MISSION OF THE GOVERNMENT ROADMAP

In order to boost the French industry, the Head of Government unveiled the orientations of his reconquest project. In addition to the creation of a public fund for innovation up to 10 billion euros, he presents the development of autonomous vehicles as mission number 1 in the coming months.

 

“Regarding the autonomous vehicles, technology progess is growing quickly … it requires a profound transformation of the regulatory framework, a cities and territories arrangement, a high-performance industrial offer, a skills adaptation ” he explained.

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The Head of Government, also pointed out via his Twitter account that new technologies are a “historic opportunity to redistribute the cards of Industry,” stating that autonomous vehicles will be the cars of tomorrow.

 

 

 

> Minister of Transport, Elisabeth Borne, reiterated the government’s action for the development of autonomous vehicles with her future law to “prepare the transport of tomorrow”

 

Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, also highlighted that France must invest in new technologies.

 

 

SEVERAL EXPERIMENTATIONS ARE EXPECTED IN 2018

The government’s desire is to encourage the French actors of the sector to be able to launch large trials in 2018, both for private vehicles and for public transport.

Through its participation in the CNI, NAVYA was pleased to met and exchanged with the Government members, and thus, to contribute to move the field forward concerning the development of autonomous vehicles and their entry into circulation.