First in a closed ‘controlled course’, Navya’s Autonom will be put through the paces to see how it does with semi-real world environment.
In 2017, their Navya Arma self driving transporter in Las Vegas, did get in a small and slow fender bender, the company looks to keep going.
The tests will be run by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) of Western Australia and the Western Australian government.
Perth is one of three cities picked for trials of the new type of electric vehicle. The vehicles will be bookable through a smartphone app once rolled out, according to RAC WA, similar to ride-sharing services such as Uber.
Navya already makes a driverless shuttle, which is similar to a small bus and generally travels at the pace of a good jogger, making it ill-suited for most driving conditions. There are 50 of the shuttles in operation, according to Navya.
The new sedan, called the Autonom Cab, is capable of speeds up to 55 mph. It will sell for 250,000 euros and is designed to be used in a ride-sharing service rather than sold to an individual.
In the latest piece of news, Navya, a startup out of France that makes driverless shuttles, has raised $34 million (€30 million) in funding to build out its team, technology and sales. The funding is coming from two strategic backers, public transportation provider Keolis and automotive parts group Valeo, along with Qatari investors Group8.
It’s can be equipped with either a 22 or 33 kWh battery, good for up to 10 hours of autonomous driving with 1-6 passengers on-board.The average speed of travel is to be 30 mph (48 km/h), but the 15 kW continuous (25 kW peak) electric motor can get the CAB up to 55 mph (89 km/h).