Paris, FR is piloting AVs
Paris is taking a coordinated citywide approach to AV planning, spearheaded by the city’s Electric Mobility Agency. An initial pilot with AV minibus maker Easymile tested driverless shuttles on several routes, including a dedicated lane crossing the 800-foot (250m) span of the Charles de Gaulle Bridge.
In July 2017, a more extensive six-month pilot launched in the La Defense commercial district utilizing three driverless shuttles providing last-mile connectivity. The pilot is a partnership involving Ile-de-France Mobilités, the public transit authority; Keolis, a for-profit transit operator; and vehicle maker Navya. The trial will run through the end of 2017.
Going forward, city and regional transport groups will launch a new trial service operating between Château de Vincennes station and the nearby Bois de Vincennes park. All of this will play out within a growing nationwide push to foster a domestic AV industry, following the growing export success of minibus makers NAVYA and EasyMile.