Since 5 November and for a one-year trial period, two electric driverless and completely autonomous shuttle buses will operate along a 1,350 metre stretch alongside the Saône in the Confluence eco-district, an iconic site in the city of Lyon.
This is a world first for this type of system.
These NAVLY shuttle buses, which can accommodate up to 15 passengers, stop at 5 stations between the Confluence shopping centre and the far south of the district up to the head office of GL Events. Free of charge, the service runs on weekdays from 7.30 am to 7 pm and at 10-minute intervals during peak times.
This service is a response to the challenges and needs of future urban mobility and is complementary to existing traditional transport services (bus, tram, métro, ...). It offers a successful, innovative and intelligent alternative to operate for the "last kilometre" of the commute. These shuttle buses aim to reconnect employees working along the banks of Confluence.
The project came about as the result of a collaboration between the City of Lyon, Sytral (the body responsible for organising mobility in the city), NAVYA (company specialising in the development of innovative mobility solutions) and the KEOLIS GROUP which runs the public transport network in Lyon, TCL. This initiative is a public/private collaboration which aims to encourage the creation of new services and the emergence of innovative companies with a focus on sustainable development. The project is also supported by ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency).
Authorised by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, the NAVLY service meets all the security and capacity regulations required for these autonomous shuttles to run on the public highway.
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