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Derq Participates in Four Conferences to Speak on the Future of Mobility and Smart Infrastructure Technology
Derq Participates in Four Conferences to Speak on the Future of
Mobility and Smart Infrastructure Technology
Derq to Speak on Successful Deployments and Advancements of Proprietary Technology at the Oliver Wyman Forum’s Global Mobility Executive Forum Series, Smart Mobility Conference, and CoMotion Los Angeles in November
DUBAI, UAE (November 2, 2021) – Derq, a Detroit- and Dubai-based start-up, announced today they will be speaking at the Oliver Wyman Global Mobility Executive Forum Series – Mobility Infrastructure for Growth, Smart Mobility Conference in Dubai, IRF World Meeting and Exhibition, and CoMotion LA – all in the month of November 2021. Executives at Derq have been sought out by convention organizers as they have multiple, successful deployment case studies to speak on, and are a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) proprietary technology that powers safer and smarter roadways for all.
Oliver Wyman Global Mobility Executive Forum Series – Tuesday, November 2
CEO and Co-founder, Dr. Georges Aoude, will be among four other panelists to discuss how to develop infrastructure for growth. The panel will be moderated by Oliver Wyman Partner André Martins with the third edition of Urban Mobility Readiness Index presented by Alexandre Bayen, Director of UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies. The panel discussion will take place at 11:30am GST on November 2 at the Dubai World Expo. For more details, visit: https://www.oliverwymanforum.com/mobility/2021/nov/mobility-infrastructure-for-growth.html
Smart Mobility Conference in Dubai – Wednesday, November 3
Dr. Aoude, will take part in a panel on day two of the convention on the topic of what the region’s roads will look like in the year 2050. Dr. Aoude will answer questions from the moderators about what the future of smart infrastructure will look like and how long it will take to integrate the technology needed to make roadways safer and autonomous ready. The panel discussion will take place at 12:00pm GST on November 3 at the Dubai World Expo. For more details, visit https://hypermotion-dubai.ae.messefrankfurt.com/dubai/en/events/smart-mobility-conference.html
18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition – November 7-10
The IRF World Meeting & Exhibition will be taking place in Dubai this year with particular attention paid to emerging challenges when it comes to readying road infrastructure to autonomous vehicles and advanced travel demand management. Members of the Derq executive team will be presenting and also have a booth on-site during the event. Dr. Aoude will take part in a panel discussion about leveraging the power of AI to assist road agencies to produce effective heat maps of road risk. Dr. Aoude’s panel discussion will take place on Monday, November 8 at 9am GST at the Dubai World Trade Center. COO and Co-Founder, Karl Jeanbart, will give a presentation on Derq’s leading approach for “Using artificial intelligence for safer, smarter, and autonomous-ready roads”. Karl’s session will take place on Monday, November 8 at 3pm GST. For more details, visit: https://worldmeeting.irf.global/
CoMotion LA – Thursday, November 18
Taking place in Los Angeles, Dr. Aoude will be among three other panelists for a discussion on why roadways are deadlier than ever. The panel titled, “The Intersection of Smart & Safe” will discuss how new technologies such as real-time traffic monitoring and signaling, advanced data analytics and personal electric vehicles can increase safety. The panel discussion will take place at 10:30am PST on November 18 at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, visit: https://comotionla.com/
“At Derq, we’re dedicated to advancing the safety and mobility of roadways for all road users,” says Dr. Georges Aoude, CEO and Co-founder of Derq. “We’re excited to share our experience with successful smart infrastructure and autonomous vehicle deployments with like-minded individuals and companies also striving to build the needed road infrastructure of the future.”
For more information about Derq, visit www.derq.com.
Derq is an award-winning MIT-spinoff powering the future of roads for safer and more efficient movement of road users and autonomous vehicles. Through its proprietary and patented technology, Derq provides cities and fleets with an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that powers advanced analytics and connected & autonomous vehicle (CAV) applications to help them improve road safety and better manage traffic. Derq is a Techstars Mobility alumnus, has been recognized as an industry leader by the WEF and has received a number of awards including AI company of the year at SXSW 2019, and Top Road Safety Innovator for Vision Zero in 2020 by Together for Safer Roads. For more information, please visit www.derq.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for general inquiries and email@example.com for sales inquiries.
Self-driving cars and their need for humans: ParkNews.biz Aug 17th-23rd, 2021
It seems that self-driving cars need humans, as drivers or minders. “With no end in sight to the technical and regulatory obstacles to free-range, driverless robotaxis, some self-driving companies are accepting the need for human minders and scaling down their ambitions so they can start generating revenue in the near future, according to interviews with investors and startup executives.” Read more here: Aug 23, 2021 – A secret weapon for self-driving car startups: Humans
“In Las Vegas, startup Halo allows customers to summon a driverless car, which is driven by a remote human operator over fast, fifth-generation wireless networks operated by T-Mobile US Inc.
“Just a few years back, remote human assistance was a dirty little secret in this space,” said Elliot Katz, co-founder of teleoperation firm Phantom Auto. “Virtually no one talked about it publicly because there was still this facade that these vehicles were just going to be able to drive autonomously, everywhere they need to go and do everything that a human driver would do.”
He added: “Everyone now knows that’s not going to be the case.”’
In other news, meet Parkster.ai and its founder Drake Burciaga. Drake exhibited at PIE 2021 in Dallas so you might had talked to him there. He is brilliant and super kind. Most of all, he is just 21 and a junior at DePaul in Chicago. Read more about Parkster.ie here: Aug 23, 2021 – Welcome to the Future of Parking | Parkster.ai Launches on August 24, 2021
Aug 20, 2021 – PT Plus: PayByPhone Brings A Contactless Parking Experience to University of Illinois Urbana College : “We’re excited to be expanding our contactless parking services for higher education across North America,” said Roamy Valera, CEO of PayByPhone. “As University of Illinois Urbana College will be joining a number of our University and College communities across the country.”
Additionally, Aug 19, 2021 – CarPay-Diem partnership sees Parkopedia become the largest facilitator of in-car fuel payments in Europe: “By adding CarPay-Diem’s services to its payment platform, Parkopedia will now enable in-car fuelling payments at almost 3,500 fuel stations across Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands– the largest reach of any connected vehicle payment services provider. The number of fuel stations covered is predicted to rise to more than 60,000 across 18 countries over the next three years with existing partnerships alone, and as CarPay-Diem expands its reach into Poland, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland shortly.”
And last but not least, Aug 18, 2021 – JUICEBAR OFFERS $1,000 ‘TRADE UP’ CREDIT TOWARD PURCHASE OF ANY OF ITS EV CHARGING STATIONS : “JuiceBar has built the world’s fastest, safest, and most reliable EV charger and we are determined to help accelerate the expansion of EV infrastructure,” said Paul Vosper, CEO of JuiceBar. “Our new ‘Trade Up’ program is simply the next logical step in our quest to achieve that mission.”
Unlike most chargers available in North America, JuiceBar chargers are made and assembled in the United States, with over 70% of the chargers composed of US manufactured components.”
See more on ParkNews.biz. In the meantime, have a blessed rest of August.
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The Detroit Smart Parking Lab: making parking easier – ParkNews.biz Aug 10th – 16th, 2021.
How would you feel if you could just pull up to a parking garage entrance and have your car park itself? A joint collaboration between Ford, Bosch, real estate developer Bedrock, rental car company Enterprise, and the state of Michigan may make it happen soon that your car can park itself. You can read about it here: Aug 16, 2021 – In Detroit, a new smart lab from Ford is working on the tech that will allow your vehicle to find a spot all on its own, no driver needed : “Parallel parking or finding spots in busy, tight structures are some of the most stressful driving situations, which is why Ford invested heavily in innovations such as our parallel parking assistance technology,” said Ford’s director of controls and automated systems, Craig Stephens. “The Detroit Smart Parking Lab will help us collaborate with other innovators on even better solutions to make parking easier, so it doesn’t spoil an evening out.”
“There are a number of sustainable impacts a project like the Smart Parking Lab helps to achieve. Studies on city infrastructure show that Americans spend an average of 17 hours every year searching for parking in urban environments. All of that mindless driving isn’t just wasted time—it’s also wasted fuel, meaning that it contributes to an uptick in greenhouse gas emissions. To put a dollar value to it, drivers spend an average of $345 per year simply searching for parking.”
In other ParkNews.biz news, PayByPhone creates better parking experience at Missouri State University (MSU). Aug 12, 2021 – PT Plus: Missouri State University is Offering a Better Parking Experience with the PayByPhone App
PayByPhone also comes to Pittsburgh, PA: “We’re excited to be expanding our contactless parking services across Northeastern US,” said Roamy Valera, CEO of PayByPhone. “The City of Pittsburgh will be joining other Northeastern communities, including New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Boston and Connecticut.” Read more here: Aug 11, 2021 – PT Plus: PayByPhone Brings a Better Parking Experience to The City of Pittsburgh
And since it is back to school month, Aug 10, 2021 – PT Plus: ParkMobile Announces Agreement With Vanderbilt University. “ParkMobile is a leading provider for parking solutions in higher education, and we’re proud to work with a prestigious institution like Vanderbilt,” says Jeff Perkins, CEO of ParkMobile. “Parking is often a challenge in colleges and universities, but our technology allows visitors, students, and staff alike to enjoy a streamlined, seamless, and convenient parking experience.”
In other ParkNews.biz news, Aug 11, 2021 – JUICEBAR ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY’S FIRST 90-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE. “Customers can return their chargers for any reason or no reason, no questions asked,” said Paul Vosper, CEO of JuiceBar. “We are so confident in the reliability of our “Made in USA” chargers that we decided to back it with a simple and hassle-free guarantee.”
Also, Aug 10, 2021 – UPsafety, a T2 Systems Company, Announces Updated Brand “UPsafety’s new look marks a significant milestone in the Company’s journey of empowering customers with effective and accessible technology solutions that help achieve organizational goals. We are proud that it represents an exciting future for us as a company, and for our customers, as we move forward together with T2 Systems,” said Charlie Waterfall, Director Creative Services for UPsafety. “The UPsafety brand is closely aligned with the T2 Systems brand and will ultimately appear across all customer experience platforms.”
Read these stories and JVH”s blogs on ParkNews.biz.
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RoboSense Smart LiDAR Sensor Wins the 2020 Edison Awards
[New York, United States] – [April 2, 2020] – RoboSense, the world’s leading autonomous driving LiDAR perception solution provider, has been honored as a winner in Transportation & Logistics Category for 2020 Edison Awards. The Edison Awards is one of the world’s prestigious awards that symbolize the persistence and excellence in innovation and honors the most innovative products and business leaders in the world. It is Established in 1987 and named after inventor Thomas Alva Edison and sometimes referred to as “The Oscars of Innovation”. All the winners were chosen as the “best of the best” by the globe review panel consist of 3,000 senior business executives and academics.
“We are very proud that our Smart LiDAR Sensor has been recognized by 2020 Edison Awards. It stands for the global industry experts’ recognition of RoboSense product design, development, and production processes and also indicates that RoboSense has achieved a new milestone of complete readiness for mass production of automotive LiDARs. We will continuously improve the product performance for the safety and mass production development of autonomous vehicles”, Dr. Leilei Shinohara, RoboSense Co-partner and Vice President said.
For the environment perception of autonomous driving, the sensor hardware only collects data, thus AI perception algorithms for data analysis are needed to speed up self-driving car’s accurate decision making. The RoboSense “RS-LiDAR-M1” is the world’s first and smallest MEMS Smart LiDAR Sensor to incorporate sensor hardware, AI perception algorithms, and IC chipsets. It transforms overpriced traditional LiDAR systems known as solely information collectors to full data analysis and comprehension systems, providing essential information for the autonomous vehicles to achieve decision-making faster and safer than ever before. For OEMs, the smart LiDAR Sensor with AI perception algorithms inside can also reduce the performance and cost requirements for the domain controller within the vehicle, releasing their R&D investment pressure.
RoboSense MEMS-based LiDAR M1 uses 905nm lasers, boasting low cost, automotive grade, and compact size. Parts have been reduced from hundreds to dozens in comparison to traditional mechanical LiDARs, greatly reducing the cost and shortening production time– achieving a breakthrough in manufacturability. The coin-sized optical module processes the optical-mechanical system results to meet autonomous driving performance and mass production requirements.
In December, RoboSense’s LiDAR production line including RS-LiDAR-M1 has obtained the IATF 16949 certification in the automotive field, which now fully qualifies it to supply to automotive customers. As the winner of the CES Innovation Award in 2019 and 2020, RoboSense RS-LiDAR-M1 also demonstrated that it is the world’s first and only Smart LiDAR capable of real road tests on open roads at CES 2020.
Founded in 2014, RoboSense (Suteng Innovation Technology Co., Ltd.) is the leading provider of Smart LiDAR Sensor Systems incorporating LiDAR sensors, AI algorithms and IC chipsets, that transform conventional 3D LiDAR sensors to full data analysis and comprehension systems. The company’s mission is to possess outstanding hardware and artificial intelligence capabilities to provide smart solutions that enable robots (including vehicles) to have perception capability more superior to humans. For more information please visit http://www.robosense.ai/.Follow RoboSense on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
About the Edison Awards:
The Edison Awards is the world’s most revered Innovation Award dedicated to recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. For more information about the Edison Awards complete program and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.
Volkswagen tests highly-automated driving on newinner-city test route in Hamburg
Hamburg/Wolfsburg, April 3, 2019 – Volkswagen Group Research is testing automated vehicles in urban traffic in Hamburg. This is the first time Volkswagen has begun to test automated driving to Level 4 at real driving conditions in a major German city. From now, a fleet of five e-Golf, equipped with laser scanners, cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radars, will drive on a three-kilometer section of the digital test bed for automated and connected driving in the Hanseatic city. The results of the test drives, which will be continuously evaluated taking full account of all data protection rules, will be incorporated in the Group’s numerous research projects on automated driving, and will test customer-centric services and optimize individual transport.
Actually, a nine kilometer long test track for automated and connected driving (TAVF) is being created in the city of Hamburg and will be upgraded to infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication by 2020. It is characterised by realistic and thus demanding traffic situations. The test track is an open platform for vehicle manufacturers, technology companies, and research institutions to trial innovative mobility services in real traffic conditions on public roads.With the test track, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is creating a user-independent and technology-neutral application laboratory on which vehicle manufacturers, technology companies and research institutions can test innovative mobility services free of charge in real traffic on public roads. Interested companies and research institutions can apply at any time. The TAVF coordination centertogether with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg takes various criteria like the impact of innovation, benefits for traffic flow and traffic safety or environmental effects on air quality into account.
With 1.8 million inhabitants, Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city. The City of Hamburg is promoting state-of-the-art technologies with the aim of becoming a showroom for innovative mobility. Digital technology plays a key role in making urban mobility and logistics in Hamburg safer, more efficient, and more eco-friendly. Therefore, Hamburg’s strategy on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is targeted at traffic safety, traffic flows, environmental effects, and the promotion of innovations. These topics are pursued in six focal areas: data & information; intelligent traffic control & routing; intelligent infrastructure (maintenance & operation); intelligent parking; mobility as a service; and automated & connected driving. Running under the tagline “Experience Future Mobility Now?, the ITS World Congress will take place in Hamburg from 11 to 15 October 2021.
Full press release by Volkswagen including images and video material:
Full press release by the City of Hamburg:
More information on test track for automated and connected driving in Hamburg: https://tavf.hamburg/en/
Further Information on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Hamburg: www.its2021.hamburg
Industry leaders form Autoware Foundation to accelerate collaboration in autonomous driving
Autoware Foundation formed to initiate, grow, and fund open source collaborative engineering Autoware projects, starting with Autoware.AI, Autoware.Auto, and Autoware.IO
Cambridge, UK, December 10, 2018 – Linaro Ltd, the open source collaborative engineering organization, Japan-based intelligent vehicle technology company Tier IV, Inc., and US-based autonomous mobility systems software company Apex.AI announced today the formation of the Autoware Foundation.
The Autoware Foundation is a non-profit organisation created to initiate, grow, and fund open source collaborative engineering Autoware projects, starting with Autoware.AI, Autoware.Auto, and Autoware.IO. Autoware.AI is the original Autoware project started in 2015 by Shinpei Kato at Nagoya University that is being used globally by more than 100 companies in more than 30 vehicles today. Autoware.Auto is a rewrite of Autoware using ROS 2.0 for certifiable software stacks used in vehicles. Autoware.IO focuses on heterogeneous platform support based on 96Boards products, vehicle control interfaces as well as a collection of third-party software and hardware tools to help deliver the core values of Autoware. Examples of Autoware.IO projects include simulators, device drivers for sensors, by-wire controllers for vehicles, and hardware-independent programs for SoC boards.
Shinpei Kato from Tier IV and the University of Tokyo, Jan Becker from Apex.AI and Stanford University and Yang Zhang from Linaro 96Boards and the Chinese Academy of Sciences AI Institute have together formed the founding Board of Directors for the Autoware Foundation. The Board is responsible for the operation of the Autoware Foundation, while a Technical Steering Committee is being formed from representatives of the Premium Members to drive the technical direction of the projects. Founding Premium Members include Apex.AI, Arm, AutoCore, AutonomouStuff, Huawei, Kalray, Linaro 96Boards, LG, Parkopedia, StreetDrone, Tier IV and Velodyne. The Premium Members are supported by founding Industrial and Academic & Non-Profit Members including eSOL, Intel, Nagoya University, OSRF (Open Source Robotics Foundation), RoboSense, Semi Japan, SiFive, TRI-AD (Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development, Inc), and Xilinx.
Member and Board quotes
“As we work towards the mass deployment of safe, fully autonomous vehicles, we need to ensure that automotive players have the ability to influence technical direction and implement platform support for their solutions,” said Mark Hambleton, vice president open source software, Arm.
“This partnership will allow the Autoware ecosystem to further collaborate on certifiable software stacks for secure, safe, and efficient next-generation vehicles.”
“The AutonomouStuff team leads the industry in implementing, supporting and deploying Autoware applications in automated vehicles and fleets,” said Bobby Hambrick, AutonomouStuff founder and CEO. “As part of the Autoware Foundation, we look forward to enabling further rapid development of autonomous driving solutions that will utilize our combined solutions.”
“We are thrilled to be joining the Autoware Foundation. Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. We advocate customer-centricity, dedication, and continuous innovation based on customer needs,” said Jerry Su, Chief Architect of Huawei Autonomous Driving. “collaboration with Autoware enables us to work with the community to develop the self-driving vehicle software that accelerates the industry growth and benefits our customers.”
“We are very excited to be participating in the Autoware Foundation creation” said Eric Baissus, CEO of Kalray. “The Autoware open software stack is one of the most advanced software options available today for autonomous and intelligent systems. We will work with the other members of the foundation to open, extend and industrialize this software solution and make it run with optimum efficiency on Kalray’s MPPA intelligent processor family.”
“We are excited to join the Autoware Foundation and to offer LG’s autonomous driving simulator with built-in support for Autoware to facilitate research, development, and testing of autonomous software. We look forward to collaborating with foundation members and the community at large as we drive towards an autonomous future together.” said Seonman Kim, Head of Advanced Platform Lab, VP from LG Electronics.
Parkopedia’s Head of Autonomous Driving Brian Holt said: “We are thrilled to be joining the Autoware Foundation at such an early stage following our involvement and contributions to the Autoware open source self-driving car project. Parkopedia is committed to building high quality automotive-grade maps to support Autonomous Valet Parking and our collaboration with Autoware enables us to work with the community to develop the self-driving car software on which we will demonstrate these maps.”
eSOL CTO Masaki Gondo said: “We are excited to join this new venture to further accelerate the realization of autonomous driving technologies. eSOL already supports Autoware with its eMCOS, the scalable and safe RTOS, and welcomes the idea of safety-certifiable Autoware.”
“We’re excited to be part of the Autoware Foundation. We share a common vision of building new industries on open platforms. It’s exciting to see Autoware committing to using and contributing to ROS 2, and we look forward to further collaboration between our communities,” said Brian Gerkey, CEO, Open Robotics (OSRF).
“SiFive welcomes the Autoware initiative, as an open-source self-driving software stack is a natural fit to high-performance AI hardware based on the free and open RISC-V architecture.” said Krste Asanovic, Chief Architect at SiFive.
Dr. James Kuffner, TRI-AD CEO & TRI Executive Advisor, said: “Through participation in the Autoware Foundation, TRI-AD would like to help build a large, engaged, and self-governed open source community around Autonomous Driving Technology by contributing and providing support for code that it will be using internally.”
“We are very proud to be Autoware Foundation members. Xilinx’s flexible and adaptive processing platforms will contribute to define projects towards the development of semi-autonomous and autonomous platforms with Autoware Foundation members,” said Dan Isaacs, Director of Automotive Strategy & Market Development, Xilinx Inc.
“Apex.AI is thrilled to be part of the Autoware Foundation. An open source project of this scope needs to be independent from a single company and must embrace the community supporting it. Therefore we are following the example of the Linux Foundation and Open Robotics by putting all Autoware projects under the roof of this foundation” said Jan Becker, Director on the Board of the Autoware Foundation and Co-Founder and CEO of Apex.AI, Inc.
“Autoware has recognized momentum in the industry and we are excited to be able to build on its success to offer open source projects supporting the deployment of the world’s leading autonomous vehicle technology” said Yang Zhang, Board Director of the Autoware Foundation and Director of 96Boards. “Linaro 96Boards program will help define the standardized hardware platforms on which to maintain and grow the Autoware code base and extend support for it across a broader range of SoC solutions.”
“Thanks to everyone involved for making this a memorable launch for the Autoware Foundation. Autoware drives innovations for everyone who loves open-source software and autonomous driving technology. We can never make it alone. We are all here to open the way to the future together,” said Shinpei Kato, Board of Directors of the Autoware Foundation and Founder of Tier IV, Inc. “Tier IV’s vision is to democratize an ecosystem for intelligent vehicles. To this end, Tier IV provides mobility service platforms and software toolchains that enable Autoware to be deployed in the emerging market.”
The Autoware board invites companies in the automotive industry to collaborate on building and optimizing Autoware. To find out more, please visithttps://autoware.org/.
About Linaro and 96Boards
Linaro is leading collaboration on open source development in the Arm ecosystem. The company has over 300 engineers working on consolidating and optimizing open source software for the Arm architecture, including developer tools, the Linux kernel, Arm power management, and other software infrastructure. Linaro is distribution neutral: it wants to provide the best software foundations to everyone by working upstream, and to reduce non-differentiating and costly low level fragmentation. The effectiveness of the Linaro approach has been demonstrated by Linaro’s growing membership, and by Linaro consistently being listed as one of the top five company contributors, worldwide, to Linux kernels since 3.10.
To ensure commercial quality software, Linaro’s work includes comprehensive test and validation on member hardware platforms. The full scope of Linaro engineering work is open to all online. 96Boards is Linaro’s initiative to build a single worldwide software and hardware community across low-cost development boards based on Arm technology. A large range of products compliant with the 96Boards specifications are already available worldwide and this range is supplemented with additional hardware functionality provided through standardized mezzanine boards.
Autoware is a non-profit organization supporting open-source projects enabling self-driving mobility
Linaro leads open source software collaboration in the Arm ecosystem
96Boards enables development & prototyping on the latest SoC technology
A CANADIAN FIRST IN CANDIAC
AUTONOMOUS ELECTRIC SHUTTLE PROJECT ON PUBLIC ROADS
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.