VEDECOM unveils key results on automated vehicle obtained as part of the AutoMate project

The demonstrations made at the IV2019 event were the opportunity for VEDECOM Institute to unveil key results for its autonomous vehicle. The work, undertaken over three years as part of the European AutoMate project, has led to the sign-off on a level-3 vehicle prototype, fitted with technology modules likely to develop cooperation between the driver and the vehicle. On the basis of mutual communication and observations, the system must be capable of improving both man’s trust in machines and road safety.

Major progress in man and machine working together

The project focused on the human experience and includes some cutting-edge technology: Twenty modules covering perception, managing control of the commands, interpreting human behaviour and predicting changes in the traffic close to the vehicle have been developed. Communication between the vehicle and the driver is established by installing a human-machine interface into the passenger compartment, as well as an augmented reality HMI. A camera behind the steering wheel permanently monitors the driver’s face to have true interaction between man and vehicle. The system provides real reciprocity between man and the machine, both in terms of perception and actions.

VEDECOM heavily involved both in developing the technology modules and the human factors studies

VEDECOM, the major French partner on the project, was allocated a budget of €800,000 to follow through on two key areas: developing and integrating new technologies to the vehicle and human and socio-economic factor studies. In both these fields, the Institute was also in charge of evaluating and approving the technology modules that had been developed.

The prototype – a VEDECOM autonomous vehicle (developed on the basis of the C4 Picasso) – was handed over at the IV2019 event, which is the big worldwide annual conference on vehicle intelligence matters.

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VEDECOM is exporting its know-how to Australia : a level 4 connected and automated vehicle delivered

VEDECOM Research Institute subsidiary VEDECOM Tech delivered a level-4 connected and autonomous vehicle to QUT (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia) on 6 June 2019. There will be a demonstration in Brisbane in August 2019.

At the same time, the VEDECOM Research Institute is launching a scientific cooperation project with QUT. This partnership will allow France and Australia to accelerate their research on autonomous vehicles in tandem.

The contract is based on VEDECOM Tech manufacturing and delivering an SAE level 4 autonomous vehicle, based on the Renault Zoé. This is the first supply contract for a French demo model outside of Europe. It sounds the starting pistol on an cooperative research programme between Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and VEDECOM Institute, both on the cutting edge of autonomous vehicles.

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VEDECOM represented for the first time at the Movin’On Summit

The VEDECOM Institute will be present at Movin’On, the international summit on sustainable mobility, held this year from 4-6 June 2019 in Montreal, Canada. A delegation  will visit and speak at this major event. Workshops, conferences, working sessions: the chance for VEDECOM to show the world what it does and to strengthen its ecosystem.

Movin’On Summit: « The Davos of mobility » (Le Figaro)

In an ecosystem of more than 5000 leaders from academia, politics, cities and the business world, Movin’On is the international summit on sustainable mobility. For the 2019 edition, the theme is « Solutions for multi-modal ecosystems », focusing on 5 main issues: decarbonization and air quality, multimodal urban transit and society, innovative technologies, goods transportation and multimodality, and circular economy. 58 major issues will be explored to identify and put in place actionable solutions to rise to the mobility challenges. Over 80 speakers will participate during the three days, a « village » will bring together the 40 best start-ups in the sphere of mobility, 47 working sessions will be proposed with fun activities, braindates, road tests, micro-mobility tracks, and much more. The programme is varied and innovative to give participants a clearer view of the technological world in which to experiment with the mobilities of tomorrow.

VEDECOM’s contribution will show its various spheres of expertise, from the electric vehicle to the autonomous vehicle, as well as its training offer concerning mobilities of the future.

For the first time, the VEDECOM Institute will be represented at the Movin’On Summit. It will contribute to the reflection via different types of actions:

  • Three workshops entitled « Mobility is something you learn! » to test knowledge and perception of new mobilities through fun activities (4 June at 2pm and 5pm and 7 June at 11am);
  • A speech by Sylvie Thromas, Director of the Institute’s Training Programme, on the subject of the utility and means to implement for a teaching approach for new mobilities, to foster the deployment of new solutions (5 June at 10am);
  • A speech by Stéphanie Coeugnet, Manager of the Laboratory of New Uses at VEDECOM, on the theme of acceptability, or how to contribute to the acceptance of autonomous vehicles by working on their subjective representation (4 June at 4pm);
  • The participation of Gilles Le Calvez, Director of the Vehicle Programme, in a working session organised by TOTAL on the theme of electric battery charging and particularly the new « Plug and Charge » technology: new technical standards for recharge identification and payment systems, universal compatibility of the charging stations, and cooperation between the different stakeholders in the research ecosystem will be studied. Objective: to address the issue of a simple, secure and pleasant user experience (4 June at 3.15pm);
  • Rémi Bastien, Chairman of the Institute, will participate in a conference on the theme of « Ethics and the challenges of ownership, data security, and data sharing » to better understand how to use data to promote secure and sustainable mobility (6 June at 9am).

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Another VEDECOM demonstration of self-driving vehicles at the Intelligent Vehicle Symposium

27 mai 2019

As part of the 30th Intelligent Vehicle Symposium (IV2019) on 12 June 2019, the VEDECOM Institute, together with IFSTTAR and Mines ParisTech, is coordinating more than 20 demonstrations which will take place on the Versailles Satory test tracks, located right next to the mobiLAB. Leading French and international industrial and academic research centres will present their work to some 500 expected attendees. This will also be an opportunity for VEDECOM to unveil some key results regarding self-driving vehicles, which have been obtained through the European AutoMate project that is now coming to an end.

IV2019: a major global symposium on issues relating to smart vehicle

IV2019 is a leading annual conference sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS). It covers all topics related to the development of intelligent vehicles: advanced driver assistance systems, artificial intelligence, connectivity, navigation and precise localisation systems, extended perception, as well as human factors… The 30th edition of the conference will be hosted in France from 9 to 12 June 2019. Some 500 scientists, engineers and technicians will gather to share and discuss the latest theoretical and technological advances in the field. The first part of the event, which includes conferences and workshops, will be held from 9 to 11 June at the Palais des Congrès in Issy-les-Moulineaux. The demonstration component, which will bring the event to a close on June 12, will take place in Versailles-Satory, right next to the mobiLAB, which will itself host a poster session and a few vehicles on display. More than 20 dynamic and static demonstrations will take place on the test tracks to showcase the latest breakthroughs in the field of self-driving vehicles.

Driver and self-driving vehicle: a winning combination thanks to mutual observation

The VEDECOM Institute, which is coordinating the second part of the event with IFSTTAR and the Ecole des Mines-ParisTech, will itself be giving a demonstration. During this event, the Institute will unveil the main results achieved as part of the European AutoMate project. This project, which brings together 10 European public and private actors, aims to test a driving automation system that is both cooperative and communicative, based on mutual communication and observation between the driver and the vehicle. The aim is to have vehicle and driver work reliably as a team, able to operate an autonomous and shared driving in order to improve traffic safety. This includes the development of driver assistance systems capable of interpreting driver behaviour and offering automated driving functions according to circumstances.

Two researchers from the Self-Driving Vehicle team will also speak at the event. Guillaume Bresson will present the SLAM visual system, a very precise localisation system that uses Google Street View images: a new technology, at a reduced cost! Nouhed Naidja will present the results of the feasibility study on the integration of self-driving vehicles in urban areas, carried out by simulation as part of the Coexist project.

Come and visit us during the IV2019 demonstrations, at the Satory test tracks!

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VEDECOM is the Frontrunner in Innovative Recharging Systems at EVS32

VEDECOM Institute is feeling positive after four days of demonstrations, conferences and manning the stand at the EVS32 symposium – the international scientific fair on electric vehicles and the various recharging solutions. The event took place from 19 to 22 May 2019 in Lyon. It was an opportunity for valuable meetings and discussions with all sectors of the industry.

It was four days in which to showcase VEDECOM activities in the field of vehicle electrification

At the 32nd edition of the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS32), VEDECOM had a stand in the cluster zone alongside its partner Mov’eo, the transport and automobile R&D competitiveness hub. The 27 m² space provided the room to exhibit a full dynamic induction recharge system comprising two coils: an innovative solution that was wholly designed in-house at VEDECOM Institute and is able to power a vehicle like the Zoé. The event was the chance to meet the Institute’s researchers who came to present the results of their research on recharging, electric engines and power electronics. Four of them also participated in the conferences and poster sessions.

Two electrical recharging solutions in partnership with Renault

VEDECOM has also partnered Groupe Renault and Trialog in two very well-attended demonstrations on innovative recharging solutions:

  • The “Plug and Charge” demonstration presented the simplification of the systems of identifying and charging vehicles across public stations. At present, connecting and charging are dependent on the reading of a badge by the bollard: it is this badge that allows the vehicle to be recognised and to deliver the authorisations necessary for the charge. Ultimately, the vehicle will be automatically recognised by the bollard, which is thus able to manage identification, authorisation, charging and paying processes with the different interlocutors, for a simplified user experience.
  • The bidirectional home charging allows electric vehicles to return the energy stored in their batteries to the electric network, and to better regulate the charge. This is thus performed at a maximum when the supply is most abundant, particularly during renewable energy production peaks. Conversely, in peak periods, the vehicle can feed energy back into the network in order to help smooth out the peaks in consumption, and may therefore serve as a temporary energy storage unit. The vehicles are equipped with embedded bi-directional chargers coupled to a software component developed by the VEDECOM Institute in partnership with Trialog, which provides communication between the vehicle and the bollard.

The communication between vehicle and terminal, required for this smart recharge, is provided by a software brick that was developed by VEDECOM in compliance with the ISO 15118 standard.

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Inauguration of the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab

The Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab experiment was inaugurated on 15 May 2019 at the SPRING event. It is a major step for the three VEDECOM teams involved in this large-scale project, carried out in partnership with Groupe Renault, Groupe Transdev, IRT SystemX and Université Paris-Saclay. The project aims to develop new autonomous mobility services on dedicated, public, and campus routes as a supplement to existing transport solutions at the Plateau de Saclay. It incorporates the latest technologies in on-board smart systems in vehicles, supervision systems, connected infrastructure, and secure telecommunications networks. VEDECOM has designed, fitted-out and developed the smart, communicative infrastructure and piloted the studies on human-machine interaction, covering various fields of research such as acceptability and user behaviour.

Testing a comprehensive autonomous transport system

Launched in 2017, the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project aims to to test a comprehensive autonomous transport system made up of self-driving vehicles (three Renault ZoéCab prototypes and one Transdev-Lohr i-Cristal shuttle), a fleet supervision system, connected infrastructure, and customer applications. The aim is to define the roll-out conditions for an autonomous mobility service at a larger scale. Launched in 2017, the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project was inaugurated on 15 May 2019 at the Spring innovation conference at Centrale Supélec by Mr Grégoire de Lasteyrie, Regional Special Advisor for New Mobilities and Mayor of Palaiseau; Mr François Durovray, Chairman of the Essonne Department Council; and Mr Michel Bournat, Mayor of Gif-sur-Yvette and Chairman of the Paris-Saclay urban authority. Mr Philippe Watteau, CEO of VEDECOM; Mr Thierry Mallet, CEO of the Transdev Group; Mr Arnaud Molinié, SVP of Mobility Service at the Renault Group; Mr Paul Labrogère, General Manager of SystemX; Ms Sylvie Retailleau, President of Université Paris-Saclay; and Ms Elisabeth Crépon, Director of ENSTA, were in attendance. It will continue until the first quarter of 2020.

The VEDECOM stand showcasing the Institute’s contribution to the project

In parallel to the official inauguration at Supelec, there was also a stand showcasing VEDECOM’s contribution to this major project. A virtual reality demonstration provided the opportunity to explain the Institute’s user-friendliness and user-experience features for the project: needs analysis, virtual reality solution testing, recommendations on user-friendliness and spatial organisation in the vehicles, work on internal and external HMIs, etc. These studies were crucial to deploying the autonomous vehicle, as Philippe Watteau frequently reminded us.

The experiment under the press’ microscope

The experiment was presented to around thirty French journalists and forty foreign journalists. They got an exclusive chance to test the autonomous taxis where, for this event, a screen allowed them to see what the car would “see”. They were also offered a visit of the central control room at Massy-Palaiseau station, with a presentation of the Lohr i-Cristal autonomous shuttle.

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