NAVYA unveils fully autonomous taxi

Autonomous vehicle developer NAVYA has unveiled an autonomous, shared taxi – AUTONOM CAB – to provide mobility for people travelling in and around cities.

The electric-powered cab is intended for individual trips in urban centres. Designed as an autonomous vehicle from the outset, AUTONOM CAB does not have a cockpit, steering wheel or pedals. It can carry up to six passengers and travel at speeds of up to 55 mph.

“Imagine what cities would be like if there were nothing but AUTONOMS running on the road. No more traffic jams or parking problems, fewer accidents and less pollution,” said NAVYA CEO Christophe Sapet.

“At NAVYA, we recognize that the status of individual cars is rapidly changing, especially among younger generations, many of whom don’t have their driver’s license and are less attached to the concept of owning a car. What they want are mobility solutions available 24/7, ensuring their safety and well-being at a reduced cost.”

Users can hail an AUTONOM CAB through a dedicated smartphone app, and the vehicle is designed to start up once its door is opened and closed. It also features a coloured light band on the outside to communicate with its passengers and nearby pedestrians.

The cab is currently planned to begin service in the second quarter of 2018.