While companies like Tesla, Waymo, GM’s Cruise, Lyft, Uber, Baidu are testing autonomous cars that can drive themselves vigorously, other companies like Navya are focusing on building affordable self-driving shuttles for the community. There are many challenges with deploying personal self driving vehicles. The biggest one still remains the cost and the possibility of the injuries. Even if you can afford $200,000 or $500,000 for a self-driving car, not all the states in the US have laws regulating those vehicles.
Navya is planning to build small electric autonomous shuttles which will cost $300000 that can be paid off over time by municipalities, campuses and large corporations. These shuttles are already available and functional in 18 countries of the world. The new plant will be built in the US will be located in Saline, Michigan, about 40 miles west of Detroit.
Currently, the government officials are also working to make electric autonomous vehicles regulations easier to deploy. You can comfortably ride those shuttles in twenty-nine states as of today. Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin —and Washington D.C. have already enacted legislation related to autonomous vehicles.
The company has already tested one of the self driving shuttles in Navya’s downtown Las Vegas service. Debuting (fittingly) at the electronic show CES in 2017, the service was an early entrant in the goal of moving small groups of people without a driver.
Another project that is currently running is at the University of Michigan. In case when the students of the college misbehave, the equipped cameras on board will be able to spot the danger. It is working with technology suppliers like Valeo for spotting potentially hazardous behavior in shuttles and automatically reporting them to the college campus.
In Frisco, Texas, Drive.ai started providing driver-less shuttle service earlier this year. The startup utilizes sensor- and camera-filled orange Nissan NV200 vans to pick up people who order the van on mobile application. The vehicles operate on public roads of a tight, geo-fenced areas of Dallas.