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The NAVAJO project is developed by the City of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve in partnership with TEC. It is funded at the rate of € 525,000 by the Walloon Region through Digital Wallonia (€ 275,000) and an exceptional grant to TEC for the operation of services (€ 250,000).

It also benefits from the financial, technical and media support of a whole series of partners including in particular the Province of Walloon Brabant, UCLouvain, the Intercommunal du Brabant wallon (InBW) and China Belgium.

Technology Center (CBTC).

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CITY OF OTTIGNIES LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE

Louvain-la-Neuve is an urban center in full development which requires developing a vision to maintain or strengthen its multimodal accessibility. The Navajo project was initiated as part of the development of the municipal mobility plan to assess the relevance of new collective mobility services.

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The objective for the City is to benefit from a reinforced transport offer to better reach areas less well served on the municipal territory by offering alternatives to the car. The City thus favors the modal shift from the private car to other modes of travel. Ideally, these should tend towards a reduction in CO2 emissions. It also involves testing new types of vehicles in order to provide an opinion on the advisability of deploying such an offer locally. Such an innovation project also aims to give a positive image of the City and of Walloon Brabant, a recognized innovation territory and a pioneer of the Smart City.

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This pilot project will make it possible to generate new skills within the technical services to enable them to manage technological projects related to mobility, to collaborate with a series of stakeholders around an original project and vector of change for co-build the city of tomorrow and integrate citizens into the reflection through concrete pilot projects.

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TRANSPORT OPERATOR IN WALONNIA

As a transport operator for Wallonia, TEC is constantly on the lookout for innovations to improve its services and customer satisfaction. It seemed obvious for the TEC to actively join the Navajo project to test new mobility services with undeniable potential as a complementary or even integrated solution to public transport networks.

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The neolouvanist laboratory will make it possible to experiment with two “last mile” solutions: a flexible service and a local service, to complete the structuring services, with more capacity, also subjects of numerous developments in Wallonia.

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It is also a unique opportunity for the TEC to experiment with vehicle automation technologies, to assess the behavior of Walloons in the face of driverless vehicles and to develop a multi-partner approach inherent in the new ecosystem of autonomous vehicles.

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In addition, the TEC already operates several transport services on demand but requiring reservation deadlines generally beyond 24 hours. The Navajo project provides for the deployment of a much more dynamic system to provide a sustainable mobility service in a rapidly developing area of ​​Walloon territory and to improve access to employment.

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PROVINCE OF BRABANT WALLON

For several years, the Province of Walloon Brabant has played a unifying role in terms of mobility, both for citizens and for businesses.

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It is therefore quite naturally that it supports the Navajo project in order to test on-demand transport and autonomous shuttle projects with regard to the issues of the first and last kilometer: whether it is for the feed-back to structuring transport lines. public or the finer service of the territory.

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This project should also enable the public authorities to acquire skills on the autonomous systems and the infrastructures necessary to deploy in order to then duplicate this type of project on other sites in the territory of Walloon Brabant.

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Finally, this pilot project aims to bring together a series of companies and incubators including the CEI and ID2Move (Cap Innove's autonomous systems incubator) to enable companies to develop and acquire expertise in the field of autonomous systems. .

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ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNER IN BRABANT WALLON

As manager of nine economic activity parks and co-manager of the Louvain-la-Neuve Scientific Park, in BW has decided to support the Navajo project because it constitutes an alternative and innovative mobility solution responding to real needs. needs of companies located in our parks.

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As we have included in our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan, we are particularly aware that economic development can no longer be considered today without integrating aspects related to mobility.

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The Navajo project fits perfectly into this reflection. It will allow us to assess the impact of new technologies on the way to organize, or even reorganize, mobility in some of our areas of economic activity, to offer new innovative services to businesses and thus contribute to that the territory of Walloon Brabant remains attractive for investors.

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CHINA BELGIUM TECHNOLOGY CENTER

The China-Belgium Technology Center (CBTC), located in the UCLouvain science park in Louvain-la-Neuve, will be inaugurated in the fall of 2021.

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It is the result of a collaboration between the province of Hubei in China, AWEX, UCLouvain and inBW. The objective of the CBTC is to open a gateway for Chinese companies to Belgium and vice versa. Ultimately, the CBTC will accommodate 1,200 employees, which requires the mobility of these workers to be taken into account.

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Therefore, the CBTC is particularly interested in the “transport on demand” project. United Investment Europe (UIE) believes that the development of innovative solutions in terms of mobility is perfectly in line with the DNA of the CBTC.

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This will also make it possible to generate industrial synergies and exchanges between Chinese companies active in the autonomous vehicle sector.

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CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF LOUVAIN

The Catholic University of Louvain is experiencing significant development which is generating increased travel needs. The Navajo project is experimenting with a solution for the future that would connect areas that are essentially connected by cars today.

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For science parks, this project can strengthen the exemplary nature of the area compared to other Walloon economic activity parks and improve the brand image for future investors.

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Academically, the autonomous shuttle project should have a spillover effect on research projects such as VIADUCT, Wall-e-cities and other ERDF projects which concern in particular the study of "intelligent" interfaces for appropriation of (semi) autonomous cars by older people, camera guidance and learning by reinforcement (deep reinforcement learning), human-machine interaction (voice commands, dashboard, etc.) and Blockchains for " Mobility as a Service ”.

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AGC

GLASS EUROPE

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ALIANCE

BW CENTER

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CAP INNOVE

CREATOR OF SUCCESS

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CITY OF

MONT SAINT-GUIBERT

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LOUVAIN LA NEUVE ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION CENTER

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BRUSSELS INTERCOMMUNAL TRANSPORT SOCIETY

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HIGH SCHOOL

EPHEC

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VIAS

INSTITUTE

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OPEN HUB

"GARAGE FOR

INNOVATION"

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CITY OF

WAVRE

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UNION WALLONE DES ENTERPRISES

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PROXIMUS

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