Navya knows that autonomous driving is a hot topic at CES and so it brought out a few of its latests Autonom Cab robo-taxis to conduct live demos.
Those all-electric vehicles from France where unveiled about one month ago. According to Navya, it will drive 10 hours before needing a recharge at average speeds of 50 km/h (31 mph).
Six passengers can board Autonom Cab and some lucky ones were able to try it out in the downtown Las Vegas Innovation District.
The first vehicles in North America will be used by Keolis, which already offers the ARMA shuttle in Las Vegas.
"In a decisive move toward creating smart cities, the totally electric-powered AUTONOM CAB provides an intelligent transport service for private or shared trips in urban centers. The cab was designed from the outset to be autonomous, just like all the vehicles in the AUTONOM range, meaning that there is no cockpit, steering wheel or pedals. Able to carry up to six passengers, AUTONOM CAB is a fluid, continuous and effective transportation solution. The AUTONOM CAB is capable of speeds up to 90 km/h, but will average closer to 50 km/h as it travels in urban areas to conform with local speed limits.
Available as either a private or shared service, AUTONOM CAB places an emphasis on well-being and comfort and will offer a wide range of services benefiting from fully connected technology to restore freedom of mobility. Thanks to a dedicated smartphone application, users can order an AUTONOM CAB with a simple click, and open and close the vehicle’s door to start it up."
NAVYA CEO Christophe Sapet said:
“With the introduction of vehicles such as NAVYA’s AUTONOM CAB we hope to kick start a sea change in the available options for urban mobility in cities across North America and beyond. Autonomous, personalized and shared, this unique mobility solution answers the major challenges urban populations face travelling in and around cities. Since the Las Vegas Innovation District is where we made the North American debut of our AUTONOM SHUTTLE on public roads during CES last year, we thought it was the ideal location to showcase our newest vehicle in partnership with our operations partner Keolis”
Keolis North America CEO Clement Michel said:
“Keolis is focused on providing fluid, efficient and integrated transportation options to meet the evolving needs of cities and other transit networks. We’re pleased to be working with NAVYA to introduce a new mode of autonomous transportation with the AUTONOM’s. Autonom Shuttles and Cab give us additional options to improve transportation systems Keolis operates for cities around the world.”