A new urban mobility experience
After being demonstrated at CES 2017 (Customer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas from 5 to 8 January 2017, local residents now have the chance to try out ARMA, the driverless, autonomous, 100% electric shuttle that Keolis has been operating in Lyon with Navya since September 2016. From 11 to 20 January 2017, residents will be able to go for free test rides in the city centre, travelling with regular traffic along Fremont Street, between Las Vegas Boulevard and Eighth Street. Despite the backdrop of the world’s gaming capital, the location of this trial isn’t down to chance. The test rides are taking place in Las Vegas’ historic Fremont East Entertainment District, where a new Innovation District has recently been created to test groundbreaking technology in a range of areas, including transport.
A first for the United States
This is the first time that an autonomous, fully electric public transport vehicle has ever been deployed on a public roadway in the United States. Capable of accommodating up to 12 passengers, ARMA, developed by Keolis’ business partner NAVYA, provides a safe way to travel while reducing traffic congestion. The vehicle’s 100% electric motor also means that it is environmentally friendly, with zero emissions. These features make autonomous shuttles a transport mode that is particularly well adapted to major cities, in the USA and the rest of the world. This pilot project is the result of a close partnership between NAVYA and Keolis, which operates a large part of the Las Vegas bus network. The two companies are committed to exploring opportunities together for autonomous electric vehicles in countries where Keolis operates, and to working together to find solutions.
This pilot marks an important milestone in bringing us closer to our shared vision of delivering public mobility solutions that are both connected and sustainable. We are pleased to be showcasing this exciting new technology here in Las Vegas with our partners at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTCSN), as we work together to deliver energy efficient, sustainable transit solutions that will improve the quality of life for people in Nevada and around the world.