The buses are being introduced in collaboration with the city of Sion, France-based electric bus manufacturer Navya and self-driving software firm BestMile. BestMile’s and Navya’s system utilize a suite of hardware consisting of LIDAR sensors and cameras. There’s no control inside the vehicle nor can it be controlled remotely. It’s a completely autonomous system.
Navya’s ARMA bus can be equipped with battery packs ranging from 16 to 64 kWh and with its top speed limited to 31 mph (45 km/h), a single can charge can easily last a day of driving.
The buses will first operate in a privately owned section of the city popular with tourists. The companies expect to run the trial project for 2 years and expand to other regions.
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