Navya was created in 2014 and purchase the assets of Induct, a French software company which an important experience in the activity of automotive robotics and had performed research in mobility solutions, mainly urban, and had launched 100% electrical driverless vehicles.

Then, between 2014 and 2015, the Company entered into a development and testing period of its Autonom® Shuttle. In particular, the Company began trialing autonomous shuttles with three deployments in Greenwich, in the United Kingdom, and Saône and Civaux, in France. Additionally, in 2015 Postbus – Car Postal, acting on behalf of Swiss Post, became the first customer to order two autonomous shuttles designed by the Company which were installed in Sion, in Switzerland.

In 2016, Keolis and Valeo groups became shareholders alongside historical shareholders, to fund Navya future developments. The Company entered into commercial and technological partnership agreement with Keolis and Valeo.

In September 2016, the Company launched the first autonomous shuttle service named Navly in the Confluence district of Lyon, in cooperation with Keolis through a joint venture. The experiment was conducted with two autonomous shuttles on a site open to the public through a 1.3-kilometer section, five days a week.

In October 2016, the Group commenced a partnership with the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (“MTC”) in the area of driverless technologies. Two autonomous shuttles were delivered in the end of 2017, carrying passengers around the university campus during working hours.

The Group opened its second production facility in the US, also in Michigan, after the first one in Vénissieux, France, opened in may 2017.

In the beginning 2017, SB Drive, a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp., acquired two autonom shuttles in order to conduct social trials of self-driving technologies in Japan. SB Drive currently has smart mobility partnership agreements with four Japanese municipalities.
Several trials were also deployed, namely at the CES annual trade show in Las Vegas (United States), organized by Keolis in association with the municipality of Las Vegas (US), and in Christchurch’s Airport (New Zealand).

In May 2017, the Company entered into a partnership agreement with RAC to facilitate the deployment as well as to provide a range of technical support for its Autonom® Shuttles in Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia.

A partnership agreement was entered into with NEoT Capital (France) to develop a turnkey service solution for the Autonom® Shuttle to help public authorities and private operators get equipped.

From July to December 2017, the Company, Keolis and IDF Mobilités commenced a cooperation for the operation of autonomous shuttles during the week on three different tracks in the district of La Défense, which has over 500,000 visitors daily.

Finally, on November 7, 2017, the Group unveiled the first six-passenger robocab, the Navya Autonom Cab.

In July 2018, Navya successfully completed its initial public offering on the regulated market of Euronext Paris, and raises €38 million by way of issuance of new shares, and in August signed a €30 million financing agreement with the European Investment Bank – EIB. The various fundraising events (equity and debt) that have already occurred in 2018 bring Navya’s total financing to close to € 80 million for the year 2018. Navya thus has extensive resources to strengthen its technological leadership, to expand its sales and marketing teams and to invest in strategic adjacent markets, while pursuing further international expansion.

Still in 2018, the Autonom® Shuttle is selected by the European project HORIZON 2020 of the AVENUE consortium - "Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to New Urban Experience".

The same year, the Group also created a subsidiary with Charlatte Manutention, a Fayat Group company and world leader in electric luggage tractors, to develop autonomous tractor solutions for the transport of goods on industrial sites and airports.

At the same time, the Group signed a partnership with AXA to develop insurance solutions adapted to autonomous vehicles.

In June 2019, the Group signed a memorandum of understanding with ESMO Corporation as part of a strategic partnership to address the North-East Asian market, notably South Korea, Japan and China. Concurrently with this agreement, Navya agreed to a private placement in the form of ORNANE bonds fully subscribed by ESMO Corporation for an amount of €20 million. After conversion of the bonds, ESMO Corporation would become Navya's second largest shareholder, holding approximately 20% of the Company's capital.

In October 2019, Navya is the winner of two of the three awards granted ("Best Endurance & Reliability" and "Best Consumer Experience") at the first global competition organised by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority dedicated to the actors of autonomous passenger transport for restricted journeys -first mile/last mile-, at limited speed.

November 2019 marks the world premiere at Toulouse-Blagnac airport of the real-life testing of the Autonom® Tract vehicle, an autonomous luggage tractor developed in collaboration with Charlatte Manutention for the transport of goods.

In June 2020, the Company launched a level 4 fully autonomous shuttle service, meaning without a safety operator on board, at the National Sport Shooting Centre (NSSC) in Châteauroux, France, in partnership with Keolis. The service marks the first-ever global deployment of the "Autonom Shuttle Evo", the result of six years of experimentation and nearly 200 Navya deployments worldwide.

On January 28 2021, Navya became a member of the Autoware Foundation, collaborative platform and one of the most influential international organizations within the autonomous driving ecosystem.

In February 2021, Navya and Bluebus (Bolloré Group) announced that they have initiated discussions with the aim of developing an autonomous 6-meter bus. The two companies wish to gather their mutual expertise through a technical partnership to design and develop a self-driving vehicle.

In April 2021, Navya and REE Automotive signed an agreement to develop a level 4 autonomous system including REEcorner technology, which integrates critical vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into the arch of the wheel, and Navya self-driving solutions.

June 2021 marked the strengthening of the technological and industrial collaboration between Navya and Valeo. The aim is to ramp up the Research and Development program to build level 4 autonomous driving systems that can be brought to market within the next three years.

In July 2021, Navya announced that it has received 7.5 million euros of subsidies, especially within the framework of the France Relance program, for four of its technological projects. This endowment validates the Company’s strategy and technology outlook by setting up partnerships with leading stakeholders within the telecommunications sector, Orange, and mobility sector Actia, Bluebus and Keolis.