NAVYA is one of a consortium of foremost companies selected to make up the ULTIMO project, which is financed by the European Commission and the Federal Government of Switzerland within the framework of the Horizon Europe research and innovation program.

ULTIMO is the successor to the AVENUE project, which was launched in May 2018 with the aim of speeding up the development of transportation by autonomous vehicles across the cities of Europe. Within the project, thirteen NAVYA shuttles underwent trials in six European cities: Lyon, Luxembourg, Geneva, Copenhagen, Esch-sur-Alzette and Sion.

The AVENUE trials were carried out by a consortium of partner companies, each one chosen for its high level of commitment to the development of new types of mobility. Together they demonstrated how self-driving shuttles could be integrated in a city’s existing public transport system and offer users an ever more innovative experience, including transportation on demand. NAVYA’s shuttles offered the citizens of each urban area specific use cases: within the confines of a stadium in Lyon, throughout the grounds of a hospital in Geneva and Copenhagen, over a business park in Luxembourg and as links to the city centers of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg and of Sion in Switzerland.

ULTIMO promotes user-centric sustainable mobility through the large-scale deployment of autonomous vehicles

The success of the trials prompted the AVENUE team to step up their ambitions, which resulted in a widening of their operations with a view to bringing them to market. They brought together experts in the field of autonomous mobility, connectivity and related services to participate in the ULTIMO project to:

  • deploy self-driving shuttles on a large scale, with transportation on demand managed by a mobile phone application,
  • conduct trials of a multi fleet and multi OEM management system,
  • analyze the key innovation fields in order to standardize the connectivity processes.

ULTIMO represents NAVYA’s largest self-driving shuttle deployment in Europe

This multi-vendor project has 2 priority partners for the supply of shuttles, including Navya, with a total potential for deployment of up to 45 vehicles in three European cities over the next four years.

The official announcement will take place during the summer of 2022 and the launch in October of the same year, once all the partner companies of the consortium have confirmed their participation and completed the necessary formalities.