NAVYA’s AUTONOM® SHUTTLES, first automated vehicles without steering wheel to operate on open road in Japan
For the very 1st time, Japan gave its approval to automated vehicles to operate on open road. From July 3rd to 5th, AUTONOM® SHUTTLES will demonstrate in Minato Ward, the business and diplomatic district of Tokyo. This demonstration is a major step for the French company NAVYA and its partners to enter this strategic and innovative market.
In collaboration with SB Drive Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp., and thanks to the hard work with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, NAVYA launches its first Japanese demonstration on open road of its AUTONOM® SHUTTLE. This is the very first time Japan give its approval to an automated vehicle with neither a steering wheel or pedals to ride on public streets opening de facto a new registration of vehicles. For legal reasons a safety driver will remain inside the vehicle but its mission is limited to monitoring the experimentation and intervene in case of emergency.
Japan joins the long list of the 19 countries which gave approvals to operate automated vehicles on open road. Among them FTSA (Finland), LTA (Singapore), MDDI (Luxembourg), MFK (Liechtenstein), MTES (France), NTC (Australia), OFROU (Switzerland), RDW (the Netherlands), SAAQ (Canada), SPF M&T (Belgium), STA (Sweden), TÜV Austria (Austria), TÜV Hessen & Rheinland (Germany).
“Thanks to the Japanese government’s enthusiasm for automated vehicle technology and the great work achieved with our partner SB Drive Co. since 2017, we’re very proud to obtain the very 1st approval for an automated vehicle to operate on open road in Japan and proves that NAVYA and its partners are committed to make its smart mobility solutions readily available to customers with the safest possible service.” said NAVYA CEO Etienne Hermite
NAVYA is a leading French name in the autonomous driving solutions. With more than 270 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. NAVYA has a range of two autonomous vehicles: the AUTONOM® SHUTTLE, which is the main development product launched in September 2015, of which more than 115 had been sold as of 31 December 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 with the support of Robolution Capital an investment fund managed by 360 Capital Partners, his reference shareholder, NAVYA’s shareholders also include the Gravitation fund and Paris Region Venture Fund (Région Île-de-France) managed by Cap Decisif Management as well as Valeo and Keolis groups.
NAVYA is listed on the Euronext regulated market in Paris (ISIN code: FR0013018041- NAVYA).
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