Lyon, a new autonomous shuttle service on public roads and integrated into the city’s transport network
Since 15 November, Keolis Lyon, operator of the Greater Lyon public transport network,
SYTRAL, its public transport authority, and Navya have introduced two autonomous shuttles
to complete Greater Lyon’s existing transport offer and addresse the challenges of providing
last-mile connections. Integrated into the public transport network, the two shuttles provide
a direct connection between Décines Grand Large station on the T3 tramway line and Parc OL
station (bus line 85), from Monday to Saturday, from 8.30am to 7.30pm (except on match days
and special events).
For the first time in France, the vehicles will run in an urban environment on public
roads alongside cars, interacting with road signalling. They will cross four intersections
with traffic lights, including a roundabout, over a distance of 1.4 km, a new technical challenge.
This project is part of the European initiative AVENUE (Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to New
Urban Experience), selected by the European programme HORIZON 2020, with the aim of
developing autonomous vehicles in European cities.
Following the world's first trial of an autonomous electric shuttle, in Lyon’s Confluence district
in 2016 (more than 43,000 passengers to date), SYTRAL and Keolis confirm their status as
pioneers in new mobility.