Red Brick Daily

Present laws do not permit autonomous vehicles on Taiwan’s streets. But that could be changing soon … real soon.

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French start-up Navya SAS, a firm manufacturing driverless buses, told the media yesterday it plans to launch a shuttle service in Kaohsiung during the EcoMobility World Festival in October 2017.

Navya says it’s in talks with the Kaohsiung City Government to work out a plan to begin trial operations of its ARMA model in the Hamasen (哈瑪星) tourist area near the harbor.

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The ARMA is able to transport 15 passengers at speeds up to 45 kph … pretty perfect for short KHH commutes on narrow old streets.

The two-year-old company is working on a range of driverless electric and robotic vehicles … aiming to optimize travel on “private sites, including urban areas, industrial sites and airports,” according to the firm’s website.

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Navya raised US$34 million in fresh funds in October and has launched shuttle services in France and Australia.

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Whatcha think? Willing to ride a driverless bus?

 

(All photos via Navya promotional material)

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