A Navya autonomous shuttle. Photo: NAVYA

A Navya autonomous shuttle. Photo: NAVYA

Navya unveiled the first fully autonomous taxi in North America with live demonstrations in the downtown Las Vegas Innovation District this week.

The totally electric-powered AUTONOM CAB, which will be operated by Keolis, provides an intelligent transport service for private or shared trips in urban centers. Able to carry up to six passengers, the autonomous taxi is capable of speeds up to 55 mph, but will average closer to 30 mph as it travels in urban areas to conform with local speed limits. Users can order the vehicle with a dedicated smartphone application, and open and close the vehicle's door to start it up.

The autonomous taxi uses multi-sensor technology with no fewer than 10 Lidar sensors, 6 cameras, 4 radars, 2 GNSS antennae and 1 inertial measurement unit (IMU). These sensors provide at least a triple redundancy across all functions, guaranteeing exceptional reliability. The on-board computer is capable of constantly merging data received by the sensor architecture. AUTONOM CAB's intelligence is based on high-performance steering and detection systems that combine a number of cutting-edge technologies.

Outside, the vehicle has a colored light band that communicates with its passengers as well as pedestrians. Inside, the glass compartment provides users with a panoramic view of the city. The vehicle integrated elements such as the connected touch screen, which enables frictionless payment and a range of services for passengers of the AUTONOM CAB.

Current plans are for the AUTONOM CAB to begin service in North America in the second half of 2018.

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