Although autonomous vehicles are very publicly working through the boom-bust hype cycle, by now a small number of AV pioneers can point to multi-year track records with real-world deployments.
To better understand the early trials, tribulations and triumphs of some of the very first AV deployments in the world, a few months back I sat down with Henri Coron. Henri is the Chief Development Officer of NAVYA, among the early AV pioneers. I first met him at the FIA Conference 2019 in South Africa. (For more our work with FIA, see this story.)
Based in France, NAVYA first deployed a self-driving shuttle back in 2015. Today, they’re working on an autonomous cab, and they have global deployments across four continents — North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In fact, they’ve signed up some new partners that are going to help them expand in Asia even more and recently have become the first autonomous vehicle company to be allowed to deploy a shuttle in Japan without any steering wheel or pedals. So these are quite substantial accomplishments for what is certainly a newsmaker in this business.
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