In preparation for full autonomy, Keolis, in partnership with Urban ICT Arena, Telia, Ericsson, Intel and T-engineering, demonstrated a 5G remotely controlled autonomous electric minibus at Kista Science Centre in Stockholm, using artificial intelligence to monitor the well-being and behaviour of passengers inside the vehicle.
On 31 October 2021, Keolis Downer, Keolis' Australian subsidiary, began operating and maintaining 406 buses in the Sydney region.
On 29 September 2021, the conurbation authority of Grand Auch Coeur de Gascogne, in the French department of Gers, renewed its contract with Keolis to operate and maintain the whole of its public transport network, Alliance.
This new public service delegation contract begins on 3 January 2022 and is valid for a period of eight years.
Keolis were the proud winners of several awards at this year’s Global Light Rail Awards in London on 6 October 2021 including three major prizes for Keolis Lyon, Keolis Hyderabad, and KeolisAmey Docklands.
On 24 August 2021, Keolis Downer – Keolis' subsidiary in Australia – secured an agreement with Transport and Main Roads (TMR) – through TransLink, the division of TMR with statewide responsibility for public transport in Queensland – to operate electric buses in its current contract based in northern Brisbane. By 2023, Keolis will roll out 16 electric vehicles – the largest fleet of electric vehicles in Queensland – while creating the first fully electric depot powered using renewable energies.