Navya, an autonomous mobility systems leader, announces the upcoming platooning demonstration of two Navya Autonom® shuttles at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, the first of its kind at an American airport.
The awarding of a trial period to Navya is the result of a request for innovation as part of a new initiative from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages all the airports situated in the two states, including JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International Airport.
It represents the first phase of what may become a larger initiative to use fleets of autonomous shuttles platooned together to better connect passengers to their destinations in an airport environment.
The two Navya shuttles will undergo an initial trial period of four days, as part of a pilot project that will take place in a specific parking area of the airport.
During that time various configurations will be put to the test, including the platooning of the Navya shuttles.
The autonomous shuttles will be operated by an on-board safety operator at all times and supervised by Navya’s control center in Michigan. The vehicles have eight lidar sensors and the pilot will be conducted in an area of the parking lot closed to the general public.