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10 July 2018

NAVYA x 42



NAVYA, the leading French name in the autonomous vehicle market and in smart shared mobility solutions, has invited students of French computer programming school 42, founded by Florian Bucher, Xavier Niel, Nicolas Sadirac and Kwame Yamgnane, to take part in an extremely challenging contest called NAVYA x 42!

As part of this challenge, launched on-site at 42 on 30 May, applicants have been invited to come up with solutions to enhance the user experience and optimise the time spent onboard autonomous vehicles which bring with them new services and uses. Whilst travelling in an autonomous vehicle, passengers will soon be able to occupy their time onboard with activities other than simply driving.


More than just a challenge, a springboard to working life


This challenge immediately caught the attention of 42’s future coders and developers, all of whom are eager to design and develop the applications and uses of the future. This young generation of user sees mobility in a new way, focusing on the user experience rather than ownership or individual use and their vision and ideas are particularly innovative.

Around twelve groups submitted a bid, with projects that were both creative and innovative, With “ZenCab”, the vehicle recognises the user profile and is able to customise the sound and lighting in the CAB according to configurable and/or pre-set criteria. “Fill it” works on the interior and analyses the space within the cabin managing user comfort whilst “Exedra” is a solution that transforms AUTONOM CAB into a mobile meeting room.

The NAVYA x 42 contest is a real springboard for students of the school enabling them to meet and exchange with professionals in the sector.



Finalists invited to the 2018 Paris Motor Show and a free trip to CES in Las Vegas 2019 for the winners


NAVYA has some extremely motivating prizes lined up. The winning team will be guests of NAVYA at the 2019 edition of CES in Las Vegas, one of the most prestigious tech events on the worldwide calendar!

Finalists will be given the chance to present their projects to a judging panel in October during the Paris Motor Show, one of the most visited motor shows in the world with more than 1 million visitors every year. This is the ideal opportunity for them to spark the interest of professionals and the general public alike!

Taking part in this project is not only a bonus for the students of 42 in terms of their training, but it is also an amazing career opportunity for them”, underlines Olivier Crouzet, Head of Pedagogy at 42. “It is only normal that we find ways to recognise their work and help them to further their career paths. This is made possible thanks to the gamification of our pedagogical model.”

 Students use the projects to develop their skills in exchange for the “experience”. The first projects to be completed will clear the way for other bigger opportunities and the prizes that go with them.

“We are eager to see what the finalists have in store for us and more importantly, discover their interpretation of how our AUTONOMS will be used in the future. Not only do these young people represent the users of the future but they are also the inventors of future mobility! ” states NAVYA CEO Christophe Sapet.



A four-stage contest


First stage: 7 June, applicants invited to pitch before a judging panel. Aim: appeal to members of the panel with their idea at its conception


Second stage: 28 June, the 6 teams pre-selected by the judging panel to present a detailed specification


Third stage, the longest and most involved stage, begins at the end of June for the three teams in the final. Students will spend the whole summer developing their project. They will also be able to visit the NAVYA production plant in Vénissieux (near Lyon) and exchange with company


The fourth stage will take place in October at the Paris Motor Show where the three finalists will be present. The first prize will be awarded by President of 42 and founder of French mobile operator Free and NAVYA CEO Christophe Sapet.





42, is the first private, non-profit and tuition-free computer programming school open to anyone aged 18-30. It is based on peer-to-peer learning: individuals exchanging knowledge with each other enabling students to be creative thanks to project-based learning.

42 was founded by Florian Bucher, Xavier Niel, Nicolas Sadirac and Kwame Yamgnane in 2013 at a time when the French digital industry was lacking in IT developers.

The school operates in a unique and modern location providing the very best learning environment for its students.

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NAVYA is a leading French name in the autonomous vehicle market and in smart shared mobility solutions.

With more than 200 employees in France (Paris and Lyon) and in the United States (Michigan), NAVYA develops, manufactures and commercializes autonomous, driverless, and electric vehicles that combine robotic, digital and driving technologies at the highest level.

Since 2015, NAVYA has been the first to market and put into service autonomous mobility solutions, shuttles and cabs. NAVYA has a range of two autonomous vehicles: the AUTONOM® SHUTTLE, launched in September 2015, of which 100 have already been produced as of today and 67 sold in 16 countries as of March 31, 2018, notably in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Australia, and the AUTONOM® CAB, unveiled in November 2017 and whose first road tests will start shortly.

Created in 2014 by Christophe Sapet and Robolution Capital (managed by 360° Capital Partners.), its main shareholder, NAVYA’s shareholders also include the Gravitation and Paris Region Venture Fund (Région Île-de-France) managed by Cap Decisif Management funds as well as Valeo and Keolis groups.

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