Navya vs EasyMile – Who will conquer the Autonomous E-Shuttle Market?
The two French startups Navya and EasyMile fight for supremacy in the autonomous e-shuttle market. Who will prevail?
Both companies have a similar concept: Both provide autonomous minibuses with a capacity of around 12 persons. The shuttles are powered by electricity and reach a top speed of 20 km/h. They navigate independently and recognize obstacles. Application fields will be public areas like airports and parks or commuter traffic. Navya and EasyMile are already testing vehicles such areas around the world.
Navya – the leader?
In my view Navya is the current market leader having already launched several testing sites. Navya vehicles have been in operation in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapur, Luxembourg, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and the London airport Heathrow. In Sion, Switzerland, for example, the testing phase was just extended. Walt Disney World in Florida plans to deploy driverless shuttles by Navya. Another Navya vehicle is currently transporting people in a French power plant and in La Défense, Paris.
Lately the startup is focusing on the USA, building a production site in cooperation with the University of Michigan. Tests are performed in M City, which is situated on the university campus. Another plus point for Navya: Since May 2017 the company is offering a complete service package including a turnkey system for 9.500 EUR (taxes not included). The offer is realized in cooperation with NEoT Capital.