Ride In An Autonomous Navya Arma Shuttle For Just 9,500 Euros A Month

3 weeks ago by Sebastian Blanco 10

This isn’t your average autonomous box.

The Navya Arma is a glorified box on wheels. Outfitted with numerous sensors and a software suite that lets it drive itself in limited ways on a predetermined course. It moves slow, but it works (I’ve been able to ride in it), and now it could be yours. Navya announced this week that it is partnering with NEoT Capital to lease an Arma for either 48 or 60 months at 9,500 euros a month. That’s not a low cost, but Navya does include, “maintenance, 24/7 monitoring and insurance” in that bill. Navya says it have 35 shuttles in operation around the world, with services in Australia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Japan coming online since March 2017.

Arma shuttles can’t just drive themselves from point A to point B, the way we think about fully autonomous, Level 5 cars. Instead, Arma buses first need to be specifically directed. Think of it as a virtual train track. Once the Arma knows where to go – from the parking lot to the main entrance, then to the delivery dock, then back to the parking lot, for example – then it can basically run the route on its own, continuously. The electric bus recognizes pedestrians and other obstacles and either slows down for them to move or goes around as it continues its route. An Arma can hold up to 15 people.

Navya is testing the Arma at the Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) at the University of Michigan, among other locations around the world. Navya says that over 130,000 people have ridden in an Arma, and that’s before this new lease program kicks in.

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Press Release:

NAVYA AND NEOT CAPITAL INTRODUCE THE VERY FIRST TURNKEY SERVICE SOLUTION DESTINED FOR THE AUTONOMOUS MOBILITY MARKET

NAVYA and NEoT Capital Have Signed a Partnership Agreement to Develop a Turnkey Service Solution for the NAVYA Arma Shuttle to Help Public Authorities and Private Operators Get Equipped with Autonomous Shuttles.

AN INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO MOVE across TO AUTONOMOUS AND ELECTRIC MOBILITY

The main aim of NAVYA, the leading name in the conception and development of 100% autonomous, driverless and electric shuttles, is to facilitate access to increasingly smart and autonomous mobility and make it available to everyone.
A “TURNKEY” service solution in autonomous mobility

  • Launch: 2nd quarter 2017
  • Offer includes:
  • Provision of a NAVYA ARMA shuttle
  • Advantages of an insurance guarantee
  • Vehicle maintenance service
  • NAVYA LEAD supervisory control service
  • Price: from 9,500€ month/excl. VAT
  • Contract: 48 or 60 months

NEoT Capital (‘New Energy of Things’) is the first ever international company dedicated to funding distributed renewable energies and electric mobility.  NEoT Capital recently communicated on the launch* of its NEoT Green Mobility investment program targeting electric mobility, in partnership with EDF and Caisse des Dépôts.

These companies have signed a partnership to develop an original and previously unheard of business proposition in the electric and autonomous mobility market. Both public authorities and private companies will benefit from the advantages that go hand in hand with using autonomous vehicles and will be able to choose the solution that suits them best when making the move across to electric and autonomous mobility.

(*) Subject to customary regulatory approvals

A BRAND NEW AUTONOMOUS MOBILITY SOLUTION FOR USERS

The NAVYA ARMA is proving to be the ideal vehicle for covering first and last mile transportation and serves to enhance the modes of transport already in place or already operating on private sites.  It provides users with a new and innovative solution for their daily transportation needs.

This fully autonomous public transport vehicle holds up to 15 people and provides an effective means of easing urban traffic flow while fitting in perfectly with multimodal services already in place.

Not only does the autonomous shuttle makes it easier to gain access to areas with little or no public transport service, but it may also provide a more convenient and comfortable means of getting around airports, university campuses, industrial sites, hospitals, convention centers and amusement parks etc. Driverless vehicles also help to reduce the number of road accidents and pollution in towns and cities and also provide an adaptable and flexible transport solution.

“The service solution in autonomous mobility that we are launching today is an extremely interesting buying alternative for operators. It meets the increasing need for cleaner and more flexible mobility solutions while keeping financial input to a minimum, providing them with a clear, fixed-rate operating and service budget,” explains NAVYA CEO Christophe Sapet.

“We are delighted with this partnership enabling NAVYA to develop its extremely innovative turnkey service solution in autonomous mobility.  This partnership falls within our strategy to promote electric mobility and develop new economic models,” adds NEoT Capital CEO Pierre Devillard.

ABOUT NAVYA
NAVYA, created in 2014, is a French company and leading name in the development of innovative, smart and sustainable mobility solutions. NAVYA develops driverless, automated electric vehicles that are dedicated to first and last mile and independent of all infrastructure. October 2016 saw NAVYA secure a 30 million euro raise in capital together with its original shareholder, investment fund Robolution Capital, Cap Decisif Management with the FRCI Fund (Fonds Régional de Co-investissement de la Région Ile de France), holding company GRAVITATION, French groups VALEO and KEOLIS and GROUP8. NAVYA benefits from major advances in technology in the driverless, electric vehicle sector thanks to a highly-qualified R&D team. Christophe Sapet, its CEO, is supported by a team of 100 people divided up between Lyon and Paris. For more information visit http://navya.tech/ .

Source: Navya

 

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10 responses to "Ride In An Autonomous Navya Arma Shuttle For Just 9,500 Euros A Month"

  1. AlanSqB says:

    Wow. I used to drive an employee shuttle for a major theme park back when I was in college. Back and forth, same route all day. This type of thing would be perfect for that. Even better, the cost is downright cheap compared to ICEv leasing/maint/fuel and the employing a group of drivers who spent most of their day doing homework while waiting for passengers.

    The future is here!

    1. wavelet says:

      Absolutely. While most people are debating the various levels and types of Autonomy systems for private cars, I’m sure the first vehicles we’ll see deployed will be for these type of usage. Just like your theme park, there are many such locations (airports, university/corporate campuses, zoos) which have passenger shuttles on slow, fixed routes — this makes it much easier than autonomy in the every-road at every-speed personal vehicle case. The “emergency” behavior will be simply to stop the vehicle in place, and transfer control to a security department watching via video, which the owning organization will have anyway. Saving the salary of a fulltime driver will very quickly make this pay for itself.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Yeah, the (aspirationally rather than realistically named) Kansas City International Airport has small shuttle buses which do nothing but run around the perimeter of the passenger terminal all day and all night. I presume other airports have similar shuttle buses. Those could easily be replaced with an autonomous mini-bus, because it’s a short fixed route, with few or no “edge cases” or “corner cases” for autonomous driving programmers to worry about. In fact, with the state of the art of Waymo’s self-driving cars, I don’t see why it couldn’t be done today.

        The shuttle buses at the same airport which run back and forth between the terminal and long-term parking lots would also seem to be candidates for that.

  2. Tom says:

    It’s a rather obvious solution that doesn’t require nearly as much autonomous tech. My brother has a fishing boat that has GPS which integrates with his trolling motor and sonar/depth finder. First you go over a specific path then it repeats if you tell it. For instance. Let’s say he has a certain path he likes to troll that goes in and around a point which keeps him along an underwater ridge. Once he’s done the course himself once he just has to tell the thing that’s Route D or some such thing then any time in the future when he comes on that spot he just recalls Route D and the guidance system takes over and re-traces the route. It’s only a few hundred dollars worth of technology to do that. Yes of course the motor itself and whatnot costs more but the control system isn’t more than $500

  3. Emily Litella says:

    Why would anyone want to ride in a Navy Amarda shuttle?

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Nevermind! 😉

  4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “An Arma can hold up to 15 people.”

    Just like the Local Motors “Olli” covered in a previous InsideEVs article (link below), this is an autonomous mini-bus with seating around the outside of the bus, in a “C” configuration, with a gap on one side for a single set of doors. Lots of space in the middle that is basically wasted.

    Contrariwise, when talking about the “Tesla Model B” mini-bus, Elon was talking about eliminating the central aisle for higher passenger density. It’s going to be interesting to see how Tesla packs more people into the same space. I suppose seating could be arranged like one of those trams that take you to and from parking areas at amusement parks, with bench seats and openings to both sides. You’d want doors to cover the openings, though, to make it an all-weather vehicle.

    Both the Olli and this Arma have more traditional bus-type doors, with openings only on the curb side, so that passengers don’t have to enter and exit from out in the street.

    It’s going to be interesting to see if Tesla can solve the conundrum of packing in more passengers without forcing people to walk into traffic to board or exit the mini-bus.

    http://insideevs.com/local-motors-debuts-olli-self-driving-ev-with-ibm-watson-technology-video/

  5. Having a couple Dozen of these at EAA Air Venture Oshkosh, would be great! Going fro South 40, to North 40, is about a 3-4 Mile walk, at least, and these seem quieter than Tractors towing multi seat bench trailers!

    Noisy tractors passing interfere with hearing announcements and shiw info on the speakers, so quieter would be great!

    Might need a few less Volunteres, but would asuredly burn less on fuel, using these instead of tractors!

    1. Warren says:

      So the crowd at the flyin has aged to the point where they now haul them around? Back in the ’70s-80s, when I was still going, people actually walked. Says something about the private plane’s future, I guess.

  6. Lpa says:

    These or similar vehicles could solve the massive problem of providing public transit station a reasonable cost in most North American cities where people density is low due to the American dream of everyone has his/hers own house. These work after shuttles could connect neighbourhoods without bus service to traffic centrums, train station and to shopping centres. Folks could purchase monthly passes which would entitle them to ride on these mini busses say for $3 a shared ride or call for a Tesla to go to their destination for $10 per trip.

    Love the idea!

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