NAVYA and Keolis, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas has launched the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle ever to be deployed on a public roadway in the United States. The shuttle is being launched in the new Innovation District that was recently created by the city of Las Vegas in downtown Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and other local officials were present at the ceremony marking the debut of NAVYA’s ARMA vehicle on an American public street in downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont East Entertainment District. During the week-long pilot, the public will be invited to take free test rides of the driverless vehicle, which carries up to a dozen passengers and was designed for use by state and local governments and transit agencies and operators as an efficient, clean-energy alternative to the fossil-fuel powered vehicles of today.
The pilot was made possible through a partnership between Keolis, a global leader in operating public transportation systems, and NAVYA, which developed the ARMA Shuttle. The public will be able to ride on the shuttle Jan. 11-20, as it travels along east Fremont Street between Las Vegas Boulevard and Eighth Street, with regular street traffic.
The city of Las Vegas recently established an Innovation District in downtown Las Vegas to create a center for testing groundbreaking technology in the areas of alternative energy , citizen participation, transportation and social infrastructure.
The city plans to transform the downtown urban core into a technology incubator focused on safe, efficient, sustainable and environmentally conscious mobility including autonomous and connected vehicles and establishing a platform for deploying innovation.
NAVYA began testing ARMA for service in North America at MCity, the University of Michigan’s unique test site for connected and automated vehicles in December 2016, showcasing the vehicle publicly in the United States for the first time at the 2017 ConsumerELECTRONICS Show this past weekend in Las Vegas.
Since first deploying the NAVYA ARMA in France in late 2015, the vehicles have transported more than 100,000 people and have grown to have a fleet of 30 ARMA’s in use in seven countries around the world, including the United States, as of today.