Navya has issued an update on the technological progress made in its collaboration with UTAC, which provided the company with a testing and validation environment. In developing its fleet of remotely-supervised autonomous shuttles, Navya leveraged UTAC’s infrastructure and high-tech tools to carry out several testing scenarios.

Here, it carried out tests and fine-tuned its hypervision in an urban, reality-based, environment. Braking tests on a mobile and fixed target were similarly carried out across different scenarios – such as braking on a vehicle slowing down in front of the shuttle with several decelerations and pulling out in front of a vehicle in front of the shuttle (braking afterwards or not). Navya also To take full advantage of the Euro NCAP crash test equipment and an installation fully adapted to autonomous vehicles available at UTAC. 

These tests successfully validated technological and safety milestones essential to the deployment of L4 autonomous Navya shuttles, including the development and validation of sensors, identification algorithms, and braking triggering on comfort or safety profiles based on several scenarios reproduced in a repetitive manner.

Another was the development and validation of the safety behavior of the shuttles in a controlled, instrumented and safe environment with conclusive results and a successful demonstration. A successful trial of the company’s remotely supervised L4 autonomous shuttle fleet in an urban environment (representative in terms of infrastructure, connectivity and other users) was also achieved. UTAC was able to demonstrate the potential of its ISO 17025-accredited test laboratories as well as the expertise of 1,200 engineers and technicians for the validation of autonomous driving systems.

The tests took place at UTAC Linas-Montlhéry circuit on the urban area of the TEQMO dedicated to automated and connected vehicles, with roundabouts and intersections of various sizes, bike lanes, bus lanes, parking areas, urban signs and even a level crossing. The site is also covered by a 5G network as well as a network for short range communications such as DSRC, ITS G5, and C-V2X.