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Published on July 20th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Navya To Deploy 2 Driverless Shuttles This Autumn To Ferry University Of Michigan Students

July 20th, 2017 by  

Two of Navya’s driverless multi-passenger shuttles will be deployed this autumn to ferry students at the University of Michigan from the North Campus Research Complex to the Lurie Engineering Center along a two-mile route, according to recent reports.

The deployment of the two 15-passenger shuttle vehicles is being pursued in partnership with the University of Michigan–led partnership with private industry known as “Mcity.”

Tech Crunch provides more: “The Navya’s Arma shuttles used in this deployment are equipped with GPS, cameras, Wi-Fi, and LiDAR, and they’ll be tested not only on how they operate, but also on how passengers react to them and use them, as well as how others sharing the roads, including pedestrians and cyclists, react to their presence. They’ll operate during regular business hours at the outset, and be available for free, with plans to expand how long they run each day should everything go well.

“Navya also announced that it’s going to be manufacturing its vehicles at a location in Southeast Michigan earlier this week, with an assembly facility that’s set to begin operations by the end of this year.”

While the deployment of 2 campus shuttles doesn’t mean much in its own, the success of the deployment will likely mean a rapid spread of interest to other potential operators.

For more background information on the subject, see:

Autonomous Shuttle Maker NAVYA ARMA Establishes First US Plant in Michigan


Autonomous Electric Keolis Navya Shuttle Starts Real-Life Testing (For 1 Year)

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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