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Thursday, August 30th 2018
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Autonomous driving vehicles in the CRS

News from Moditech Rescue Solutions BV

In this month’s newsletter we pay attention to two new autonomous vehicles, the NAVYA Shuttle and the NAVYA Cab. Besides this, we look at the new Opel Combo launched by the French PSA Group.

More about these topics in our newsletter this month!


The French company NAVYA, founded in 2014, has recently launched a completely autonomous shuttle bus, in other words NO driver. The bus seats 11, with standing room for an additional 4 people. The speed of the vehicle is 15 to 20 km/h, but the shuttle can reach a maximum speed of 45 km/h. There are two systems built into the vehicle to ensure a safe ride. The first system can locate the bus and see where the vehicle is on the route. The second system looks at the surroundings to see whether there are any obstacles and whether the shuttle should brake or stop. At the start and finishing points, there is someone present to check the vehicle.

Navya already has more than 45 autonomous shuttles in operation in France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Japan.

Navya shuttle

Besides the Navya Shuttle, the company is now also introducing the Navya Cab. Also, in this case, it concerns a completely autonomous and electric vehicle. This taxi can transport a maximum of 6 passengers. The top speed is around 90 km/h. In practice, the taxi will achieve an average speed of 50 km/h due to the built-up area in which the Navya will mainly be driving.

Navya cab

Considering the fact that these vehicles no longer have a driver, it is of the utmost importance that the first responder knows how they can secure the vehicle and force an entry after an incident. After all, there is no driver to provide information. The Crash Recovery System offers assistance to the first responder by means of vehicle information.

Both vehicles are fitted with a service/emergency de-activation switch as is the case on other hybrid and electric vehicles. Furthermore, the Shuttle has an emergency control mechanism to open the doors in an emergency situation.

The Navya Shuttle, equipped with a service/emergency de-activation switch [1]CAUTION! With the Shuttle, the front and rear are identical. To open the doors from the outside, an emergency switch has been installed [2]IMPORTANT! When lifting the Shuttle, use the lifting points [3].


The French PSA Group, which includes the car brands Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, Vauxhall and DS Automobiles, is introducing a MPV which is available from 3 different brands. For Opel, this is the third car along French lines after Opel became a part of PSA. The Opel Combo Tour, Peugeot Rifter and Citroën Berlingo are available in 5 and 7 person versions. They belong to the new generation of LAVs (Leisure Activity Vehicles) and have a number of active safety systems:
  • Fatigue assistant
  • Forward Collision Protection
  • Alert Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Intelli Grip
  • Active traffic lane assistant

And further, a number of passive safety systems:

  • Steering wheel, dashboard, curtain and seat airbags
  • Body reinforcement
  • Seat belt tensioning system

CAUTION! In the 7 person version, there are no airbags and seat belt tensioners in the back. Naturally, the rear seats have seat belts but these do not have a tensioning system. IMPORTANT! What is noteworthy is the position of the dashboard airbag. This is not located, as in earlier models, in the dashboard but in the roof. Here the French influence becomes clear because we also find this airbag in the Citroën C4 Cactus.

Opel Combo Tour 5 person version

In the illustration, it looks like there is an airbag worked into the seat. When the first responder clicks the button “hide seats”, the seats are removed and the airbag will remain visible. If “hide roof” is clicked, the roof and the airbag are removed because the airbag is not in the seat but in the roof. By clicking on this airbag, the first responder receives important information on how to secure this airbag.

Opel Combo Tour 7 person version

The Opel Combo Tour, Peugeot Rifter and Citroën Berlingo have, in the 7 person version, two extra seats in the back. These seats are equipped with seat belts but not with a seat belt tensioning system. There are also no airbags in the back of the vehicle. Be aware of what’s on board, and where: Crash Recovery System!