French autonomous vehicle company to establish Australian facility

24 Oct 2017

NAVYA, a French autonomous vehicle company, is establishing its Asia-Pacific manufacturing headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia.

A South Australian Government media release says NAVYA was attracted by South Australia’s carbon neutral and renewable energy focus, which aligns with its own global interests.

‘For us, it is a natural progression in our growth strategy and we are delighted to have been able to lay the groundwork of a partnership agreement with the Government of South Australia,’ says Christophe Sapet, CEO of NAVYA.

Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, adds: ‘Establishing a driverless car vehicle operation here in South Australia is the perfect bridge connecting our past in traditional vehicle manufacturing and our future in advanced manufacturing in a clean, carbon neutral environment.’

Australia is preparing for a future of connected and more highly automated vehicles. A phased reform program is underway so that conditionally automated vehicles can operate safely and legally on Australian roads before 2020, and highly and fully automated vehicles from 2020.

Australia’s National Transport Commission is delivering a roadmap of reform on behalf of transport ministers from Australia’s Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

A recent study by Intel forecasts the global autonomous vehicle industry to be worth US$7 trillion by 2050, of which 47 per cent is expected to occur in the Asia-Pacific region.

NAVYA’s vehicles are already used in a number of automated vehicle trials across Australia, including NAVYA’s partnership with RAC in Western Australia, a trial at La Trobe University in Melbourne and at Sydney Olympic Park.

Founded in Lyon in 2014, NAVYA has manufacturing operations in Lyon and Detroit, Michigan. In October 2015 the company launched the NAVYA ARMA, a 100 per cent autonomous, driverless and electric shuttle that can transport up to 15 people and which is now operating on private sites and public roads in Australia, France, New Zealand, Qatar, Switzerland and the US.