Fully electric and autonomous shuttles are being added to the fleet of a public transport operator in the French city of Lyon to provide a sustainable last-mile service. The battery-powered shuttles, each capable of carrying 15 people, will start serving on a 1,350m circular route in the Confuelce district, which is known for its sustainable buildings amidst the massive redevelopment of a former industrial area. Every resident or commuter will be able to use the service for free, embarking from or disembarking at one of five regular stops on the line. Although the shuttles, designed by French driverless car specialist Navya, are completely autonomous and don’t even have a steering wheel or pedals, a human operator will be on board at all times. During the trials, the shuttles will travel at 20km/h, following a route marked with pictograms on the ground. The top speed of the vehicles is actually 45km/h, but this will be capped during the trial. The vehicles come equipped with advanced navigation technologies including LiDAR, stereovision camera, real-time kinematic GPS and odometry.
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