On street trialling of a new electric, driverless and fully autonomous public transport service known as ‘NAVLY’ has been launched in the French city of Lyon this week.

The trial by intelligent mobility specialist Navya and public transport operator Keolis involves two autonomous shuttles which will travel a 1350m circuit in the Confluence district, adjacent to the Saône river.

The collaborators claim that the project marks the first implementation of this form of transport around the world. It is hoped that NAVLY – which is intended to be an innovative ‘last mile’ transportation solution – will become an enduring, long lasting service for the city.

Free of charge for all users, the shuttles take up to 15 people with room for 11 seated. A NAVLY operator will be on board at all times to ensure the safety of passengers and to answer any questions.

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