On 15 November in Lyon, France, transport operator Keolis, Lyon’s public transport authority SYTRAL, autonomous shuttle maker Navya, and fleet orchestration provider Bestmile introduced a new autonomous shuttle service connecting the Décines Grand Large tram station (line T3) and the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium. The service includes two autonomous shuttles and is the result of Lyon’s efforts to address the challenges of integrating autonomous last-mile connections into the public transport network.
For the first time in France, autonomous vehicles will run in an urban environment on public roads alongside cars, interacting with road signaling. They will cross four intersections with traffic lights, including a roundabout, over a distance of 1.4 km. This route represents a new technical challenge for AV shuttles.
This project is part of the European initiative AVENUE (Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to New Urban Experience), selected by the European program HORIZON 2020, with the aim of developing autonomous vehicles in European cities.