After unveiling the NAVYA autonomous electric shuttle at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, Keolis Canada, in collaboration with NAVYA and URBIS, is pleased to announce that a one-year pilot project may soon be undertaken in the RCM of Les Moulins to complement the region's existing public transit network. Steps are being taken with the appropriate Quebec authorities to accelerate implementation of the initiative, which will see shuttles added to the initial and final stages of an existing route.
The type trial would strongly resemble the NAVLY project being tested this year in the Confluence eco-district of Lyon, France. In September 2016, the Keolis Group and NAVYA jointly launched the world's first autonomous electric shuttle service in Lyon. Keolis Canada, NAVYA and URBIS share the same public transport vision and understand the importance of protecting the environment and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Ideally aligned with this vision, the autonomous electric shuttle, which offers both an ecological and flexible solution, represents brand new means of transport for citizens and complements the existing driver services.
The enthusiasm being shown for this autonomous electric shuttle project in Canada has greatly surpassed our expectations, and we're delighted with the results to date. We've long believed that electric vehicles represent the future of public transport and have type-trialled a number of them in the Les Moulins RCM region in recent years. The addition of an autonomous electric shuttle as a pilot project to complement this offer is the next logical step, and we look forward to confirming the details with you.
This pilot project reinforces the vision of the city of Terrebonne and its GHG reduction policies. Recently, the city adopted a new policy for the acquisition of energy-efficient vehicles and installation of infrastructures, such as charging stations. NAVYA also aligns with the sustainable development plan of the city of Mascouche. This new strategy will enable us to offer improved service to our clientele.