Red Brick Daily
Present laws do not permit autonomous vehicles on Taiwan’s streets. But that could be changing soon … real soon.
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.
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.
Navya raised US$34 million in fresh funds in October and has launched shuttle services in France and Australia.
Whatcha think? Willing to ride a driverless bus?
(All photos via Navya promotional material)