Big things, small packages: autonomous shuttles prepare for service

Among the many options opened up by autonomy is shuttle-based microtransit. The future for the segment could prove diverse, and early applications could arrive soon. By Xavier Boucherat

The self-driving shuttle has emerged as one of the new mobility options enabled by an intersection of the CASE megatrends: on-demand, self-driving, shared and electrified microtransit could fulfil a diverse number of needs on tomorrow’s roads. Far from being the stuff of the future, several trials have already gone into operation worldwide. Navya, a shuttle developer based in France, had over 36 trials in operation prior to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Also based in France is EasyMile, which has run trials in over 70 locations to date.

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