Lyon, FR is piloting AVs
Lyon, a city with one of the largest multimodal transport networks in Europe, is beginning to integrate driverless shuttles into their grid. In September 2016 the city launched a free, public microtransit service in the Confluence district, a 350-acre mixed-use redevelopment of the city’s old industrial waterfront. The 1.35 km line features five stops and is a showcase for NAVYA, a local startup founded in 2014 that has grown into the world’s largest maker of AV minibuses. After an administrative reshuffling that created a new metropolitan government in 2015, local authorities have taken cue from the 2013 French Industrial Plan and embraced AVs as both a transport and economic development priority.
Moving into the opportunity created by this policy shift, and exploiting its early success in Lyon, NAVYA has grown and its vehicles are now used in cities around the world. The company quickly secured a new round of $34 million in venture funding, valuing the company at nearly a quarter-billion dollars, from a group of investors that included Keolis, France’s largest public transport operator.