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August 10, 2018





Candiac, August 10, 2018 – Keolis Canada and the City of Candiac, with the manufacturer NAVYA, financial support from the Québec Government, the collaboration of Propulsion Québec, the Cluster for Electric and Smart Transportation and the Technopôle IVÉO, are pleased to officially announce the first long-term demonstration project of a 100% electric autonomous shuttle on public roads in Canada. The NAVYA Autonom Shuttle will operate in mixed traffic, this is a first step towards integrating autonomous shuttles into shared transportation solutions, in addition to complement the existing transport offer. The pilot project will begin in the summer 2018 for a period of 12 months, including 8 months at the service of citizens. During the winter, a research and development project to test the shuttle in Québec cold weather conditions will take place without passengers on board.

For this project, Keolis has obtained financial support of 350,000 $ from the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation as part of the measure to support demonstration projects in the action plan in favor of the industry of ground transportation and sustainable mobility.

The NAVYA Autonom Shuttle will operate along a two-km route between the exo park-and-ride lot and the bus terminal and the intersection of Marie-Victorin and Montcalm North Boulevards with several stops along the way, including City Hall, retirement housing and local businesses. The shuttle will also allow employees in the area to reach their workplaces from the bus terminal. In addition, the CAA-Québec Foundation for road safety, with the support of partners, is evaluating the possibility of conducting an independent study on road safety and social acceptance in this project. The lessons learnt would offer precious insights with a clear goal of maintaining, without condition, harmony between vehicles sharing the road.

“Keolis Canada has strong expertise in developing mobility solutions tailored to different communities and improving passengers’ travel options and habits. The autonomous electric shuttle complements Candiac’s existing transportation offer and is yet another step towards integrated intermodal transportation services,” says Marie Hélène Cloutier, Vice-President, Passenger Experience, Marketing & Sales for Keolis Canada. Patrick Gilloux, President and Chief Operating Officer of Keolis Canada adds: “We are very excited to launch this project in Québec. Keolis is investing in new shared electric mobility services because it is an important cornerstone for the future of public transportation.”

“Candiac places great importance on public and active transport. We are constantly working to provide additional multimodal transportation options while remaining steadfastly focused on the notions of sustainable development and the smart city. A true showcase of technological advancements, the autonomous electric shuttle project put forth by Keolis Canada and NAVYA is perfectly aligned with our vision in terms of innovation and is at the heart of our 2014–2029 strategic development plan. We are extremely proud to be the first city in Canada to move forward with a project of this nature,” stated Normand Dyotte, Mayor of Candiac.

“NAVYA is proud to work with our partner Keolis Canada and the City of Candiac on this important milestone in Canadian transportation. This project embodies NAVYA’s vision of autonomous shared mobility and fills an important transportation need for which our shuttles were designed. We commend Québec for its collaborative efforts to complement existing transportation options,” says NAVYA’s CEO, Christophe Sapet. “NAVYA is an ideal partner for municipalities that take a sustainable and viable approach to transportation. Our autonomous shuttles are operating in 17 countries, and we’re pleased to welcome Canada to the list of forward-thinking nations.”

“The autonomous shuttle project in Candiac is a first in several ways for the electric and smart transportation industry of Québec. One of the main benefits of autonomous transportation is to improve passengers’ experience, especially within areas that are not currently served by collective transport offer, such as the first and last kilometers of a trip, without having to add heavy infrastructures,” says Sarah Houde, Executive Director of Propulsion Québec. “This progress will also contribute to the development and adoption of a regulatory framework, practices and public policies that will foster the development, testing and marketing of electric and intelligent vehicles, one of Propulsion Québec’s principal mandates. This is a great achievement that will benefit the community and members of the Cluster.”

“IVÉO is pleased to contribute to the development of this demonstration project. It is important for us to respond to all types of mobility issues in small and medium-sized cities. With this project, we address Candiac’s specific concerns, and we are able to make the right link between the service offered by Keolis and the municipality’s decision-makers. Québec’s presence in the new mobility ecosystem is crucial, and this is a good example of what we can do in a collaborative environment,” adds Benoit Balmana, Chief Executive at IVÉO.

“The CAA-Québec Foundation for road safety is particularly interested to study the different considerations that the arrival of this new autonomous mobility on our roads rise and, incidentally, to road sharing at large. The impact on users, being pedestrians, cyclists or car drivers, must be evaluated for a harmonious and safe road sharing. Therefore, we are seriously considering the possibility to measure social acceptance of this autonomous mobility as part of such a stimulating and promising project”, underlines Marco Harrison, director of the CAA-Québec Foundation.

More information on video here: https://youtu.be/P7tHp38Clis

The NAVYA Autonom Shuttle

With a capacity of 15 passengers and operating at a speed of approximately 25 km/hr, the autonomous electric shuttle facilitates access and travel, saving time for both public transit users and passengers on private sites. NAVYA counts 25 international projects, with Keolis, the company has tested the vehicle in multiple environments: in France, in Lyon since 2016 and in Paris at the Charles de Gaulle airport where the shuttle crosses a high traffic open road, in Australia in the suburbs of the capital Adelaide, in the United-States in Las Vegas, etc. With the autonomous shuttle, Keolis has already safely transported near 110,000 passengers worldwide. Ideal for urban areas and specific locations, such as airports, industrial facilities, amusement parks, hotel complexes and hospitals, it has been designed and developed to improve and to smooth initial and final stages of a trip.

About the City of Candiac

Candiac has earned a reputation for being a peaceful, safe city that cares about the quality of life of its citizens, who are increasingly seeking a place where they and their families can thrive. Located near the metropolis, it offers an environment and services of very high quality. The city has many green spaces, an urban forest of 17,000 trees and kilometres of walking and cycling trails, making it a place where citizens live in harmony with nature. With a population of 21,000, Candiac offers both the tranquility of a small municipality and easy access to a range of services. The proximity, availability and great diversity of its services are the benefits of being part of growing urban environment. Candiac has developed a variety of green projects over the years to provide its citizens with ecological solutions and a forward-thinking environmental vision. Through these new innovative initiatives, Candiac has confirmed its position as a leader in sustainable development.

About Keolis Canada

Leading the way in public transport, the Keolis Group develops customized mobility solutions adapted to the changing needs of passengers and to the requirements of the communities it serves. Internationally recognized as the leading operator of light rail services and automated metro, Keolis adopts a determined innovation approach with all its partners and subsidiaries to develop new forms of shared and customized mobility, and reinforces its core business across a range of transport modes including trains, buses, cars, trolleybuses, shared private hire vehicles, river shuttles, ferries, cycles, car sharing services, autonomous electric vehicles and urban cable cars.

Keolis in Canada specializes in intercity, urban, school, accessible, airport, charter and light rail transportation services. Keolis offers safe and reliable high-quality service thanks to a team of over 900 experienced employees. Keolis operates a fleet of 410 vehicles in Canada, of which 14 Light Rail Vehicles with the future operations of Keolis Grand River, Ontario. Every year, Keolis transports almost 10 million passengers and over 1 million packages in Canada.

Keolis is a major player in the public transportation of passengers in Europe and around the world. Today, over 3 billion passengers worldwide have used one of the shared mobility services offered by Keolis.

The Keolis Group is owned by SNCF (70%) and Caisse de dépôt et placements du Québec (30%). Keolis employs 63,000 people in 16 countries and recorded a turnover of 5.4 billion euros (8.7 billion Canadian dollars) in 2017.


NAVYA is a leading French name in the autonomous vehicle market and in smart shared mobility solutions. With more than 200 employees in France (Paris and Lyon) and in the United States (Michigan), NAVYA develops, manufactures and commercializes autonomous, driverless, and electric vehicles that combine robotic, digital and driving technologies at the highest level.

Since 2015, NAVYA has been the first to market and put into service autonomous mobility solutions, shuttles and cabs. NAVYA has a range of two autonomous vehicles: the AUTONOM® SHUTTLE, launched in September 2015, of which more than 100 have already been produced as of today and 89 sold in 17 countries as of June 30, 2018, notably in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Australia, and the AUTONOM® CAB, unveiled in November 2017 and whose first road tests will start shortly.

Created in 2014 by Christophe Sapet and Robolution Capital 1 (managed by 360 Capital Partners), his reference shareholder, NAVYA’s shareholders also include the Gravitation fund and Paris Region Venture Fund (Région Île-de-France) managed by CapDecisif Management as well as Valeo and Keolis groups.

NAVYA is listed on the Euronext regulated market in Paris (ISIN code: FR0013018041- NAVYA).

About Propulsion Québec

Québec’s smart and electric vehicle cluster rallies the entire electric and smart vehicle sector around joint projects aimed at positioning Québec as a leader in smart and electric land transportation systems. Created in 2017, Propulsion Québec currently has 98 members from a variety of sectors and deploys its resources across seven distinct working groups tasked with developing and supporting innovating projects. The cluster receives financial support from the Government of Québec, the Government of Canada and Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM).

About Technopôle IVÉO

IVÉO is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support small and medium cities in deploying innovative mobility solutions on their territory. IVÉO specializes in developing pilot projects that will shape tomorrow’s transportation to make it more efficient, more sustainable and safer. IVÉO currently includes more than 15 municipalities and numerous innovative companies in its network.

About the CAA-Quebec Foundation

The mission of the CAA-Quebec Foundation, created in 2008, is to help advance knowledge in the area of traffic safety. To that end, it conducts research and acts as a resource complementing other Québec-based specialists and organizations active in the field. CAA-Quebec, a non-profit organization, provides all of its members with peace of mind by offering them high-quality automotive, travel, residential and insurance benefits, products and services.


Parking Panda Launches in Canada, Expands North American Presence through Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

April 27, 2016


Parking Panda Launches in Canada, Expands North American Presence through Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment


Leading U.S. On-Demand Parking App Allows Drivers to Compare Parking Prices and Book Guaranteed Spots throughout Downtown Toronto for the First Time


Baltimore (April 20, 2016) – Parking Panda, the leading U.S. on-demand parking app, has announced its first international expansion into Canada by introducing guaranteed parking reservations to Toronto drivers. For the first time ever, Canadian city drivers and sports fans can book hassle-free parking and outsmart the crowd with third-party parking reservations at over 20 partner parking lots and garages. Parking Panda is furthering its North American presence alongside its partnership announcement with the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), Canada’s preeminent leader in delivering top quality sport and entertainment experiences.


With the ability to compare available options and prices, drivers can plan ahead as they search, reserve, and pay for event and everyday parking throughout downtown Toronto. Parking Panda’s partnership with MLSE allows the company to further its reach to the Greater Toronto Area by offering sports fans and event goers an easier way to park for games and other entertainment experiences. Proud fans can now pre-book parking within easy walking distance of the Air Canada Centre, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, and the Toronto Rock.

“We’re excited to announce our first international expansion in such a beautiful city and to provide Canadian customers with a smarter and easier way to park,” said Parking Panda CEO Adam Zilberbaum. “Through parking reservations made in-app or online, Parking Panda is helping alleviate the pain of parking. Our quick, smart, and hassle-free service allows Toronto drivers to plan ahead, and know how much they’re going to pay before heading downtown or to the Air Canada Centre. Customers can rest easy knowing they have a parking spot waiting and that they can use the extra time they would have spent in traffic on the more important things in life, like dinner downtown with the family or a Maple Leafs game with dad.”

With one-hour parking as low as five dollars, Toronto customers can view all Parking Panda locations on an interactive map showing real-time availability and distance. Once a pre-purchased reservation is made, customers can easily access parking passes through the mobile app. In addition, drivers booking at select PandaScan locations in Toronto can access parking through the company’s innovative, fully-automated scanning technology. PandaScan allows customers to use their phone to easily scan in and out of locations, creating the most streamlined experience in parking to date.

“Our partnership with Parking Panda is another important step in our goal of delivering the best experience in sports and entertainment for our fans at Air Canada Centre and our other venues,” said Wayne Zronik, Vice President Facilities and Live Entertainment for MLSE. “That experience for our fans begins before they even arrive at our venues and driving to our events is easier now that fans have an innovative tool that eliminates the challenge of searching for convenient parking. We work every day to improve the fan experience and this partnership does that by creating hassle-free travel to downtown Toronto.”

In addition to taking advantage of MLSE event- and game-day parking that starts at six dollars, city drivers can book guaranteed parking near attractions throughout the city, including the CN Tower, Harbourfront Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and the Rogers Centre, among others.

About Parking

Panda Parking Panda is the leading provider of on-demand parking in North America. Through Parking Panda, drivers plan and commute smarter by booking guaranteed parking in advance. Parking Panda customers are empowered with the ability to search and compare thousands of parking options and prices in more than 40 cities throughout North America. Drivers can easily book a spot ahead of time at parking lots, garages, and valets in their city, or they can reserve on-the-go with the company’s award-winning mobile app for iOS and Android. For more information, visit www.parkingpanda.com

The City of Surrey Rings in New Year with New Passport Canada App

January 18, 2016


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Surrey, British Columbia- The City of Surrey is premiering a new, more user-friendly mobile option for parking payments. The City is launching Passport Canada, powered by Passport, North America’s leading mobile payments provider for parking and transit. Passport Canada is replacing the City’s previous mobile payment provider to give parkers a quicker, easier app experience.


Passport Canada will be available in both on and off-street Surrey parking locations. Specifically, at the following locations: NCH Parkade, Healthy Communities, Central City Library, North Surrey Rec. Ctr, SFU Lot B, and SFU Lot C. These locations will have Passport Canada signage directing users to download the app.


With Passport Canada, users can pay for their parking session directly from their smartphone, track their remaining time, and extend their parking (up to the allotted maximum time). Users will receive a notification alerting them 15 minutes prior to the end of their session. Merchant validation will also be available through the app at participating Surrey merchant locations.


“We’re pleased to be working with the Passport team to launch this new mobile pay solution,” said Andrew Haye, Parking Services Coordinator. “We know that Passport Canada is an app that our residents and visitors will get excited about using.”


“This is an especially exciting launch for our team because of the introduction of Passport Canada,” said Nathan Berry, VP of Sales at Passport. “After launching our Passport app and numerous private label applications across Canada, we’re proud to bring our Passport Canada mobile pay solution to the City of Surrey and look forward to debuting the app to their parkers.”


Users can take advantage of the Passport Canada app in the beginning of 2016. The Passport Canada app is free to download from the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at ppprkca.com. Users will not pay an additional fee to park with the app, since the City of Surrey will cover this cost for users of the system. Furthermore, first time users can get a $2 discount code for their first session!


Passport is the leading provider of mobile payments for parking and transit, and has deployed mobile payment services in large cities such as Toronto, Chicago, Boston, and Salt Lake City. Passport developed the Green P app, Toronto’s mobile parking payment application and ParkVictoria, Victoria’s mobile parking payment application. Passport is also available in the City of Timmins and in other private parking locations in the Canada area.


About Passport


Passport is the industry-leading mobile payments company specializing in integrated urban mobility solutions. The company provides feature rich software platforms that offer parking and transit agencies a more effective and efficient way to manage their operations and serve their customers. Passport’s smart city solution includes multimodal options by creating an all app solution for public transit riders and parkers. Passport’s mobile payment systems are deployed in over 1,000 locations in 46 states and provinces across the US and Canada, with clients such as Chicago, Toronto, and Boston.


Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Passport is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Grotech Ventures and Relevance Capital. For more information, please visit www.gopassport.com