VEDECOM is very pleased to announce you the defense of the thesis of Elsa YOUSFI

VEDECOM is very pleased to announce you the defense of the thesis of Elsa YOUSFI entitled “Situation awareness and driving performance during manual takeover in automated driving ” on Monday  4 december 2018 at Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris.

Christian BASTIEN : Examinateur
Thierry BELLET : Encadrant
Serge BOVERIE : Rapporteur
Ebru Burcu DOGAN : Encadrante
Anne GUILLAUME : Directrice de thèse
Sandra JHEAN : Rapporteuse
Charles TIJUS : Directeur de thèse
Isabelle URDAPILLETA : Examinatrice

This thesis takes place in a context of conditional driving automation development which allows drivers to delegate vehicle control and to focus attention on on-board activities, thus lowering his/her situation awareness. Driver dynamically adapt his/her decision making to context constrains based on situation awareness. In cases which involves a take-over request, drivers will have to retake vehicle control and reconstruct their situation awareness in order to guarantee safety.
Moreover, previous studies highlight driving performance deterioration if the takeover context involves a critical event.
The aim of this PhD thesis is to study the active reconstruction of situation awareness and driving performance during manual take-over. The situations studied changes according to the critical event proposed and the budget time granted to the driver to resume control. Data from questionnaires, driving performance and eye-tracking were analyzed. A driving performance deterioration and lower situation awareness are observed following manual take-over.
Moreover, results revealed interactions, modulated by budget time, between the active reconstruction of situation awareness and manual take-over strategies. Results are discussed to contribute to manual take-over models and in light of their implications for automated functions conception.

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With Altaïr Mobilités, Artificial Intelligence can support local authorities

VEDECOM will present a technological innovation for analysing and viewing mobility in geographic areas, at the Salon des Maires et des Collectivités Locales (mayors and local authorities exhibition) in Paris.

The new Altaïr Mobilités decision-making tool analyses mobility needs in a given area. Local authorities can thus obtain thorough knowledge of the mobility situation in their region, make decisions and planning. Based on artificial intelligence technologies, it will be presented at the Salon des Maires et des Collectivités Locales (mayors and local authorities exhibition) from 20 to 22 November 2018, Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles, hall 3, stand G77.

View all mobility flows
With data from car GPS systems, demographics and transport networks, data sources are increasingly varied and diverse. To exploit the synergies of this data, Altaïr Mobilités is developing a mathematical model to merge it all together. The aim is to obtain a single multi-source estimate to enable local authorities to identify the relations that exist between a given geographic area and the individuals in it. Using a viewing tool, local authorities can see all journeys made in their area during a typical 24-hour period on a map.

Results in 30-minute segments
The results are presented in 30-minute segments and histograms show the means of transport used (car vs public transport v motorised two-wheelers vs soft modes of transport), the socio-economic group and age of individuals. Altaïr Mobilités goes deeper than classical studies by taking into account unique factors, such as journeys related to leisure or shopping.

Supporting local authorities
VEDECOM 120 R&D team and 45 PhD students work on numerous subjects related to the future of mobility. Thanks to their expertise, VEDECOM is able to help authorities in identifying mobility major issues for their area, and in making decisions to find adapted services. VEDECOM also provides tools and learning modules, draws up specifications, pilotes experimentations with automated vehicles and services. The Institute is able to deliver applications and adapted new generation infrastructure.

Meet us from 20 to 22 November 2018, Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles, hall 3, stand G77. Discover our technology with presentations every day at 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM.

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Philippe Watteau appointed Managing Director of the VEDECOM Institute

VEDECOM, the Institute for Low-Carbon Intelligent Vehicles and their Mobility, has announced the appointment of its new Managing Director, Philippe Watteau. He took office on 1 October 2018.

A graduate of the EDHEC Business School and holder of a BA in European Law, Philippe Watteau began his career with Groupe Renault, where he held various positions in the fields of strategy and commercial development. In 2008, he moved to CEA as Strategic Marketing Manager. He then became Deputy Director of CEA Tech, and later Director of Industrial Partnerships. He went on to implement the development strategy over a broad technological spectrum, from new energies to micro-electronics. Since 2014, he has been Director of the CEA List, which has 30 digital research laboratories. He helped to create ecosystems and communities stimulating the new innovation models on topics associated with future industry and artificial intelligence. He also held the position of R&D Development Director at Air Liquide.

With a wealth of experience in the automotive industry and research, Philippe Watteau will work with all the teams to breathe life into ideas and visions to make VEDECOM a global innovation player in the field of mobility.

“I am delighted to be joining VEDECOM, a structure founded on strong skills and a unique spirit of cooperation. Together, we can bring out all of VEDECOM’s potential to ensure that the institute can stake its claim as an essential player in new sustainable, safe, efficient and affordable mobility solutions,” explains Philippe Watteau.

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VEDECOM: 3rd edition of its Annual Conference SMIV 2018


VEDECOM organizes the 3rd edition of its annual conference SMIV – Smart Mobility and Intelligent Vehicle – on next 27th of November, 2018.
This year, the SMIV Conference intends to deepen scientific knowledge on two transversal topics related to tomorrows’ mobility: new mobility solutions and virtual reality, relation between the automated vehicle and its environment. Experts from inside and outside the VEDECOM Institute will address these major issues.

Session 1: “New Mobility Solutions and Virtual Reality”
This session will present the contribution of simulation and virtual reality in the design and evaluation of new mobility solutions and their associated tools. A Keynote speech by Professor Kay AXHAUSEN from ETH Zurich Keynote will highlight this issue followed by 6 presentations based on various research disciplines from Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science to Human Sciences.

Session 2:  “The automous vehicle and  its environment”
This session will be dedicated to the interactions between the autonomous vehicle and  its environment. Several aspects will be addressed such as car-to-car and car- to-infrastructure communication, interactions between cars and road users and the societal impact of the autonomous vehicle. The session will be introduced by a Keynote given by Professor Denis GINGRAS from University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Consult the program
Consult the abstracts: Session 1
Consult the abstracts: Session 2

On personnal invitation only. For any request, please send an email to


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Mobility is something you learn! VEDECOM is launching its 1st immersive e-learning course on autonomous vehicles

Since Google began its experiments, self-driving vehicles have been front of stage internationally. Car manufacturers, laboratories and regional authorities have been regularly making announcements on developments to or experiments with this type of vehicle. There are many challenges, ranging from the onboard technological innovations in these new mobility vessels to the new uses that are emerging, not forgetting how to integrate these cars into the social and economic fabric.

The research and training institute VEDECOM has drawn on its expertise and experience to launch the first online training module that deals with all themes linked to driverless vehicles: their architecture, functions, (perception, localisation, planning, decision-making and action), connectivity with other vehicles and infrastructure. The module also tackles the regulatory aspects of testing and accreditation that are required to authorise self-driving vehicles to be driven and sold. This very thorough module also looks at societal, human and legal challenges for driverless vehicles and their environment.

What is the situation today? What are the technological hurdles to be overcome? What are the perspectives for trialling and deploying them in our regions?

VEDECOM answers these questions with this interactive module – you will be making a journey at the wheel of a self-driving vehicle. You will embark upon a journey in an autonomy level 0 vehicle and finish in a level 5 (full automation) one. You will be greeted with different content and quizzes, throughout your educational voyage.

Whether you are a novice or more experienced, work in the mobility field or just interested in the sector, take a drive through the five automation levels. VEDECOM e-learning courses are available free online via our LMS platform:

Length of the e-learning course: 45 minutes, broken down into short modules.


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VEDECOM and the Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement (IVM) attend AUTONOMY 2018, from 18 to 20 October

Focus on learning on new mobilities: How to better understand the transformations underway in the mobility ecosystem. Existing and future support systems…

We are delighted to announce our participation in AUTONOMY, the Summit on Urban Mobility from 18 to 20 October, 2018, at the Grande Halle de La Villette.
For this third edition, we will address the hot topic of learning on new mobilities. Given the technical complexity and upheaval in the roles of players, it is becoming essential to use training for better understanding.
Many organisations (training organisations, associations, etc.) are committed to this subject and are offering a variety of innovative solutions to meet the needs for acquisition of skills for the entire new mobility ecosystem, including manufacturers and service operators, local authorities, start-ups and citizens.

We hope to see many of you to discuss the current changes and the existing and future learning systems. The aim is to better understand the emerging technologies and uses.

To reserve your ticket to the exhibition and share our experience, go to:
[30% discount with code *AUTONOMYVEDECOM2018*].


Round table on learning about mobilities; join in the discussion:

Mobility systems and services are profoundly changing. The new technologies and the many uses make situations complicated. To design and deploy sustainable, safe and useful mobility systems and services, we need to understand them and experience them.

What are the needs of the players attending (manufacturers, local authorities, users)? How are these needs taken into account? What are the learning systems that exist or can be developed?

Come and discuss these questions at our round table: Learning about mobilities presented by VEDECOM and attended by prestigious schools, local authorities and manufacturers on Friday 19 October 2018 at 2pm.


Coralie Renard: Marketing and Sales Manager – Autonomous Transport Systems – TRANSDEV
Geneviève Metz: Director of Telecom Evolution and Specialised Telecom Masters Paris Tech
Carole Forte: Director of Mobility services Rambouillet Regions – TORNADO experiment project manager
Mireille Apel-Muller: Director of the Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement-VEDECOM
Sylvie Thromas: Training Programme Director – VEDECOM

Preview our e-learning on self-driving vehicles:

The stakes for self-driving vehicles are numerous: they involve new embedded technologies and connectivity, as well as the new uses that they are generating. Their incorporation into the economic and social fabric, the offering of services and uses, and the development of urban spaces are also called into question by the arrival of these new objects. What is the situation at present? What is the outlook? VEDECOM is responding with a new immersion training module, online and accessible to all.

Come and experience it at our booth from 18 to 20 October 2018

  En Route “, a learning kit to broaden the range of mobility actions

Not all citizens are equal with respect to the complexity of cities and their networks. Today still, there are obstacles (of varying degrees depending on individuals) of a cognitive, psycho-social and cultural nature, which are significant for around one quarter of France’s population: more than one in four people consider that they are not equipped to use the transport systems offered by their city (source: Obsoco, Chronos, Ademe, CGET, VEDECOM, 2017) and respectively 22% and 29% of people have given up trying to reach a destination that they do not know, either due to emotional apprehension (fear of getting lost, not arriving), or due to lack of information or organisation for travel (source: Elabe, 2018). Given this reality, IVM has designed an instructional serious game intended for all audiences. Through role-playing in various travel scenarios, it helps players find their way in a complex urban environment, and uses humour to soothe feelings of panic and urgency.

Learn how to play the game “En route! ” and discover your mobility profile at our booth E28 from 18 to 20 October 2018. See the teaser.

 Decision-makers and urban planners – do you have all the tools to successfully conduct a self-driving vehicle experiment? 

The recent laws on Mobility and the Strategic Positioning Plan for public action for Development of automated vehicles invites players from the relevant regions to test innovative mobility solutions, including the use of self-driving vehicles. However, implementing an experiment using self-driving vehicles is complex. Learning about technologies, project organisation (roles of players, financing, administration, etc.) and citizen involvement are the major issues and those that require support.

Share VEDECOM’s feedback via our new training for local authorities to help them prepare for a self-driving vehicle  experiment.


Take the challenge and try to win a spot in one of our training courses:

Self-driving vehicles arouse our imaginations and are a hot topic of discussion… The gap between scientific reality and the narrative concerning this issue is sometimes disconcerting… And it requires constant vigilance to sort through the flow of information. To separate truth from rumour on self-driving vehicles, experts from VEDECOM Institute have designed a quiz with 10 Q&As: Test yourself and try to win a spot in one of our training courses!

We will also be presenting a number of initiatives from our partners and players in the ecosystem, including:

  • New MOOCs and online content, accessible to all
  • New further training and/or diploma qualification
  • Innovative third-party places for mobility
  • Planning or learning games

And above all: tell us what you think: over to you!

Is your connection to new mobilities professional or personal?
Do you feel a need for training or advice for yourself or your teams?
Tell us what you need in terms of support: we are listening!

Download the programme in PDF 

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