Keolis launched a 100% electric autonomous shuttle trial in Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium. The NAVYA autonomous electric shuttle will operate in normal traffic conditions in the Cave Domaine of Han-sur-Lesse, a major Belgian tourist attraction (350,000 visitors per year). The trial will soon be extended to cover a larger route.
This trial is led in partnership with NAVYA, specialists in the design and construction of autonomous and electric vehicles, as well as the Belgian ministry of mobility, the Vias institute (the Belgium Road Safety Institute), and the Domaine of Han.
The autonomous electric shuttle is an ideal mobility solution for educational campuses, amusement parks, and hospitals. The shuttle is best used to provide a last-mile connection solution to complete an existing public transport network. In Han, the shuttle will carry visitors from the parking area to the Caves.
The NAVYA autonomous electric shuttle can accommodate up to 15 passengers, including those with reduced mobility, with a dedicated area for wheelchairs. It features Lidar sensors, GPS RTK, odometric system, V2X connection, and cameras, which enables the vehicle to detect other vehicles and pedestrians and circulate on open roads.
The trial aims to study the reactions of passengers and road users to improve the technology and ensure that it fits seamlessly and safely into the daily life of the city, before being put into operation at other tourist locations.