Navya, a French autonomous mobility company with U.S. operations in Saline, announced it has achieved the remote supervision of a fleet autonomous vehicle, which it will present at the Autonomy Paris exhibition taking place March 16-17.
In July 2020, the company achieved Level 4 autonomous operation — or the deployment of a fully-autonomous shuttle without an operator on board. Now, it has implemented a remote supervision system to monitor a fleet of shuttles, which is also known as “shepherding.”
“NavyaDrive and NavyaOperate are the two systems that make up the software foundation of our autonomous driving system,” says Olivier Le Cornec, CTO of Navya. “Combined with the latest connectivity technologies and our data intelligence algorithms, they enable the industrialization of our developments within the framework of leading collaborative and strategic projects currently being finalized.”
More specifically, it will demonstrate:
- The automation of supervision functions on a fleet of shuttles without an operator on board.
- A self-diagnosis of the shuttle’s operation and an automated monitoring of their environment.
- Failsafe scenarios
- Real-time exchange of technical/audio/video data, when required, between each shuttle and the Centralized Control Center.
- Feedback and analysis of relevant internal and third-party data within the Centralized Control Center to ensure proactive supervision.
“These new developments provide transport operators with the critical functionalities to remotely control a fleet of autonomous vehicles,” says Sophie Desormière, CEO of Navya. “They improve service availability and ensure the safety of all shuttles and their passengers. This is a key achievement for NAVYA to launch the commercialization of its Level 4 solutions.”
The Autonom Shuttle is dedicated to passenger transport. Since its launch, more than 180 units have been sold in 23 countries as of Dec. 31, 2020. The Autonom Tract is designed to transport goods.
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