STAFF at Arval’s Paris HQ will be taken for a ride – without a driver.
The leasing company has been running tests on an autonomous taxi that will take 15 employees to and from work to the local station. It will involve driving on the open road rather than a closed route.
The zero emission people mover is part of an international project that’s also taking place in Norway and the Netherlands. Staff can book a ride via smartphone.
Arval’s chairman and CEO Alain Van Groenendael, said the company was extremely proud of the mobility trial. He said:
“It’s the first time an autonomous electric vehicle has been tested by a private company in France. This is strategic innovation in action, with our colleagues helping us to test a safe, environmentally friendly transport solution which could be used by our customers and their employees in the future.”
Arval says the electric autonomous taxi will be in operation by March 2020.