Navya steps up its development in Germany as part of the SMO project with Valeo
VILLEURBANNE, France – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Regulatory news:
Navya (FR0013018041- Navya) (Paris: NAVYA), a leading company in autonomous driving systems, is launching new experiments in Germany, the Company’s main market, with 16 shuttles sold, including 9 in 2020.
Germany is one of the main markets for autonomous vehicles in the world1. In order to position itself as a pioneer in autonomous mobility solutions, Germany is the first country in the world to adopt a legal framework for level 4 autonomous vehicles, paving the way for many commercial applications. The new legislation adopted in May 2021, which allows autonomous vehicles to circulate in regular service on open roads, will accelerate the development of the sector. The recent deployments confirm the development of Navya in Germany, based on experiments in complex environments and thanks to the collaboration of leading industrial players operating in Germany.
Navya worked with Valeo Group and other partners in Germany, on the deployment of 6 Autonom® Shuttle within the framework of the SMO project (Shuttle Modellregion Oberfranken). Spread over three towns in northern Bavaria (Hof, Rehau, Kronach), the shuttles, currently in the deployment phase, carry passengers on the open road. They are equipped by Valeo with sensors and data acquisition tools, in addition to the components already present in Navya’s systems. Following on from previous deployments, Navya enabled the transfer of know-how through in situ operator training. Navya autonomous driving systems are deployed at the following sites:
– Hof: 2 Autonomous® Shuttle on the open road on a 3 km route linking the station to the rest of the city and including access to a pedestrian area. The operation is carried out by Regionalbus Ostbayern GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, and is integrated into the public transport network;
– Rehau: the 2 shuttles transport Rehau AG employees on public roads, from the car park to factories and administrative buildings. This service will become public later in 2021;
– Kronach: the 2 shuttles deployed are operated by Omnibusverkehr Franken GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn. This service completes the public transport network with a route of nearly 3 km, from the upper town to the fortress of Rosenberg.
Before these experiments, Navya had been present in Germany through other projects, with nearly twenty deployments, including:
– Regensburg: since 2021, 2 shuttles have been operating on an open road on a track operated by Das Stadtwerk Regensburg Mobilität GmbH;
– Berlin: the project, operated by BVG, was completed in mid-2020 and enabled the deployment of 2 Autonom® Shuttle to the Charité hospital;
– Frankfurt: several experiments lasting a few months were carried out by RMV, in particular at the Wiesbaden clinic and around the Eberbach abbey;
– Hamburg: an open road service consisting of 2 shuttles and operated by TUHH has been supplementing the bus network in the village of Lauenburg / Elbe since the end of 2019;
– Sylt: a shuttle operated until the end of 2020 in the village of Keitum, on the island of Sylt.
All of these services provide residents of the cities concerned with innovative mobility solutions that make their daily lives easier while reducing traffic and improving road safety.
Etienne Hermite, CEO of Navya, concludes: “These new deployments at sites with major technological challenges confirm Navya’s strong momentum on the German market and consolidate its leading position in the supply of level 4 autonomous driving systems. While Germany is initiating the first regulations dedicated to autonomous vehicles, the many projects in which Navya is involved in this country are proof of the added value of our offer and of the maturity of our technology in the service of innovative mobility solutions.. Alongside leading manufacturers such as Valeo, Navya’s long-standing partner in France and Germany, the Company is continuing to develop its technology with the aim of offering a commercial solution for the transport of goods and passengers.”.
Founded in 2014, Navya is a leading French player specializing in the supply of autonomous driving systems and associated services. With 280 employees in France (Paris and Lyon), the United States (Michigan) and Singapore, Navya aims to become the leader in level 4 autonomous driving systems for the transport of people and goods. Since 2015, Navya has been the first to market and put into service autonomous mobility solutions. Autonomy® The shuttle, the main axis of development, is dedicated to passenger transport. Since its launch, more than 180 units have been sold in 23 countries as of December 31, 2020. The Autonom® Tract is designed for the transport of goods. The Valeo and Keolis groups are among the historical shareholders of Navya.
Navya is listed on the regulated market of Euronext in Paris (ISIN code: FR0013018041-Navya).
For more information visit: www.navya.tech/fr
1 Source: KPMG Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index 2020 report. Germany retains the 4th place it occupied in the previous edition of AVRI for technology and innovation, where it leads the measure of innovation capacity and is among the five countries with the score the highest for industrial partnerships. Germany is 3 years oldrd for patents related to autonomous vehicles and for investments in companies related to autonomous vehicles.