Self-driving shuttles: Navya's R&D project manager Hassane Ouchouid (left) and vice-president Henri Coron (right) giving demonstration rides on an autonomous shuttle equipped with Navya technology during the 2017 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. — Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO: A self-driving electric shuttle built by French firm NAVYA began a one-week stint in Las Vegas on Jan 10, in a US first.
Arma shuttles began providing free rides along a three-block stretch of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, a vintage part of Sin City that is a tourist attraction away from the casino-lined main strip.
The pilot public transit program will last a week, and was touted as the first time a fully autonomous, electric powered shuttle was left to its own devices to deal with traffic on a public street in the United States.
NAVYA displayed Arma at the Consumer Electronics Show that ended Jan 8 in Las Vegas.
The US became the seventh country where Arma shuttles have been put to use since the vehicles debuted in France in late 2015, the company said in a release. — AFP