VEDECOM celebrates 5 years !

The 2019 edition of VEDECOM to the Future, the Institute’s internal Corporate day, took place on Thursday 21 February at mobiLAB. Recently installed in these brand new premises, VEDECOM used the occasion to celebrate its 5-year anniversary with all its employees.

A treasure hunt to get to know mobiLAB

The annual VEDECOM to the Future day began in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for all of the Institute’s employees. Following the traditional welcome over coffee and a croissant, the work groups formed at the 2018 session were invited to report back on the results of their year’s reflection. All the participants were then given a badge and a logbook as they split into teams to go and explore their new building by means of a treasure hunt making use of their artistic, literary, scientific and sporting talents. It was an opportunity for everyone to get their bearings a bit more in the maze of corridors and different levels of this 7,100m² building, of which VEDECOM occupies 75%.

An anniversary under the sign of optimism

The gallant treasure hunters returned at lunchtime ready to start the afternoon in a plenary session. The employees gathered in the PSA Motorsport auditorium, whose buildings adjoin mobiLAB, to attend the dynamic presentation by the positive conference speaker Yves de Montbron who spoke about optimism. “When we think positively, we can find solutions to everything,” emphasised the speaker who maintains that optimism is primarily a state of mind. A theme in tune with this group of researchers and the rapidly growing Institute which, 5 years after being founded, has almost 200 employees, half of whom are under 30 years old.

The day finished with a birthday cake to celebrate five years of VEDECOM and honour its longest serving employees.

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Rambouillet Territoires turns to Altaïr Mobilités

On 11 February 2019, VEDECOM, the French department of Yvelines, and Rambouillet Territoires signed a partnership agreement to conduct studies on the train stations in Gazeran and Rambouillet. The goal was to identify current and future parking opportunities to promote intermodal transportation. In time, this work should also help optimize product offer and transportation management strategies in rural areas within Yvelines, which are typically located far from service and employment centres. Residents of these areas do not regularly use intermodal transportation methods.

This experiment uses Altaïr Mobilités, an innovative decision-making tool developed by the VEDECOM Institute. This multi-source solution uses ground-breaking AI technologies to combine the diverse range of mobility data that are now available, including GPS data from cars, demographics, public transit ticketing information, mapping, smartphone applications, and more.

This agreement is part of the Department of Yvelines’ work to facilitate the roll-out of innovative mobility services through its region. The department has provided the VEDECOM Institute with 20 million euros for the 2014-2023 period.

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Mobile Hyperplace Project. Autonomous and connectected vehicles : what are the impacts on our mobility and the way we live tomorrow ?

The emergence of the autonomous, connected electric vehicle, and the excitement it is generating, has been a very powerful catalyst for all of the innovation and developments already in progress in the mobilily sector. The Mobile Hyperplace project, conducted by the City on the Move Institute – VEDECOM (IVM – Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement) with the support of a multidisciplinary international hub, aims to identify, define, analyse and research the various current developments and practices in mobility activities, beyond the transportation of people or goods.

With the aim of presenting the initial results of this large scale project, IVM organised on February the 7th a day of meetings, gathering together more than 170 participants. The agenda includes : debate and discussion sessions, film projections, micro-workshops, presentations, etc.

Observe society in order to innovate

The project objective is to reveal the unexpected urban forms generated by new interactions between spaces, mobility solutions, connectivity solutions and activities. To this end, the IVM has observed the current practices, lifestyles and consumerism. With the support of its network of partners in Latin America, China, Africa and in Europe, the international research hub has identified no less than 250 mobility activities : from an African mobility scooter equipped with a Wi-Fi system to the experimental mobile abattoir in Sweden, not to forget the new types of cinema or mobile media libraries. Observing how vehicles for mobile activity already contribute to redefine everyday locations, IVM expects to predict possible splits caused by the generalisation of autonomous connected vehicles (ACV).

The mobility of tomorrow : activities, socialty and interaction

With the benefit of all observations made in various territories, the international research hub is launching the second project phase. The challenge is to test equipment in partnership with local stakeholders and territories and to conceptualise the urban situations, urban microspaces and mobile hyperplaces of the future. If it can be said that the new functionalities offered by smartphones have not only enhanced the telephone but have now overtaken the telephony function in terms of focus, then it is likely that with autonomous vehicles, the transportation function will be overtaken by a multitude of activities: work, sport, entertainment, etc. By freeing us from the obligation to drive, the autonomous connected vehicle is changing our relationship with time in travel (which will no longer be “lost”) and our relationship with space in these new vehicle types (the interior equipment of which requires rethinking).

“The autonomous connected vehicle, as we call it, could be the trigger for far-reaching change in the mobility sector. Mobile hyperplace is a collaborative project that tackles mobility issues beyond the simple transportation of people and goods”, explains Mireille Apel-Muller, Director of the City on the Move Institute. “One of the project objectives is to invent autonomous and connected vehicle applications when the focus is not primarily travel but on-board activity”, she adds.

According to Philippe Watteau, Managing Director at VEDECOM, in his closing address, “the obsession with movement, such is the new focus, the new opportunity and the new freedom provided by autonomous mobility. It is targeted, at a level beyond that of the technology, by the VEDECOM-IVM’s Mobile Hyperplace programme through the radical development of the issue of new applications of autonomous mobility.”

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Mobile Hyperplace website : https://www.mobilehyperplaces.com/

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VEDECOM is very pleased to announce the defense of the thesis of Mohamed Ryad BOUKHARI

VEDECOM is very pleased to announce the defense of the thesis of Mohamed Ryad BOUKHAR on Tuesday 5, February 2019 at ESTACA Campus-SQY.

COMMITTEE
Michel BASSET, Professeur, Université de Haute-Alsace, Rapporteur
Mohamed CHADLI, Maitre de Conférence HDR, Université Jules Verne Picardie, Rapporteur
Frédéric KRATZ, Professeur, INSA Centre Val de Loire, Examinateur
Fethi BENOUZEDOU, Professeur, Université Paris-Saclay, Examinateur
Dominique GRUYER, Directeur de Recherche, IFSTTAR, Examinateur
Moussa BOUKHNIFER, Enseignant Chercheur HDR, ESTACA, Directeur de thèse
Ahmed CHAIBET, Enseignant Chercheur, ESTACA, Encadrant
Sébastien GLASER, Chercheur HDR, VEDECOM, University of Queensland, Encadrant

ABSTRACT
“Driverless vehicle offers several advantages: comfort, reduced stress, and reduced road mortality. Nevertheless, fatal accidents involving its responsibility, have highlighted its limitations and imperfections. These accidents raise questions about autonomous vehicle reliability, and voices expressed a strong concern for the safety of users of the autonomous vehicle. Furthermore, the tasks of perception and localization of autonomous vehicles may have inconsistencies leading to errors that would affect the stability of the vehicle. The sources of these inconsistencies can be of different natures and act both on the sensor itself (Hardware), or on the post-processing of information (Software). In this context, several difficulties must be overcome to secure the interaction of automated driving systems with human drivers facing these problems, the adoption of a fault-tolerant control strategy is paramount. In this thesis, a fault detection and fault tolerant control strategies for perception and localization are implemented. In addition, fault estimation strategies for proprioceptive sensors are also proposed. The purpose is to have a reliable fault localization and ensure acceptable performance. Moreover, given the unpredictability and variety of road scenes, a fault-tolerant fusion based on voting algorithms is developed for a better perception. The fusion takes advantage of current obstacle detection technologies (radio, light beam or camera detection) and the voting algorithm provides an output that is closest to reality. Tests with real data from a demonstrator vehicle are used to validate the approaches proposed in this thesis.”

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Official opening of the mobiLAB, the new head office for VEDECOM

The mobiLAB was officially opened on 7 February by Pierre Bédier, President of the Department of Yvelines, François de Mazières, President of the Urban Community Versailles Grand Parc, and Marie-Célie Guillaume, CEO of Satory MOBILITE. Representatives from Banque des Territoires, GCC Immobilier and the architectural firm Valero Gadan also attended. This was an important symbolic event, unveiling this 7,100 m² property complex as a showcase for the Versailles-Satory innovative mobility cluster.

The mobiLAB, paving the way for an innovative mobility cluster at Versailles-Satory

On Thursday, 7 February, in brilliant sunshine, the golden buildings of the mobiLAB welcomed some 200 invited guests for its inauguration. The four-storey complex includes research facilities, laboratories, workshops and offices, all in direct proximity to the test tracks and to other mobility stakeholders such as Renault, PSA, Arquus and Nexter. It is one of the first concrete realisations of the global project to develop an innovative mobility cluster within the centre of excellence that is Versailles-Satory. The complex is now home to the three major stakeholders VEDECOM, Transdev and IFSTTAR (the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks), which has occupied premises at the site since 2009. Eventually, nearly 300 researchers will work side by side at this unique research centre.

A project driven by the semi-public company Satory MOBILITE
“Our goal is to keep pushing forward to establish this cluster, based around the mobiLAB. We want to see these companies working together towards the common aim of developing innovative mobility projects”, explains Marie-Célie Guillaume, CEO of the semi-public company Satory MOBILITE, which has invested €17 million euros in backing the project. Born out of a partnership between the Department of Yvelines and the Urban Community of Versailles Grand Parc, with links to a number of private stakeholders, the long-term purpose of the semi-public company Satory MOBILITY is to develop property solutions on the Satory plateau for all stakeholders of the automotive research ecosystem. The company opted to build this first project with the property developer GCC Immobilier, one of the top ten building and civil works companies in France. The building design contract was awarded to the architectural firm Valero Gadan.

“The Department is fully committed to creating an environment that allows businesses to prosper, by developing the infrastructures that they need”, stresses Pierre Bédier, President of the Department of Yvelines. François de Mazières, President of the Urban Community of Versailles Grand Parc and Mayor of Versailles, also confirmed that the Versailles-Satory cluster “will serve as a laboratory for tomorrow’s public transport solutions. With the aim of providing residents with a quality service, fully aligned with the economic issues related to the environment and new forms of mobility.”

Outstanding infrastructure to promote further research into autonomous vehicles
With handover completed in October 2018, the mobiLAB became the head office of the VEDECOM Institute in November 2018. With its 200 employees, the Institute is using 75% of the building’s capacity. According to Managing Director, Philippe Watteau, “With the vast majority of VEDECOM staff now working under the same roof at Versailles-Satory, the mobiLAB is for us a real enabler of internal cooperation and innovation across our entire ecosystem. It also raises the profile of our activities and gives much greater recognition to the work of our staff”.

Designed as a shared centre of excellence and a hub for collaborative research, VEDECOM now enjoys access to the high added-value facilities at the mobiLAB: 790 m² of workshops, 215 m² of laboratories, two simulator rooms (pedestrian simulator and driving simulator), a Connectivity and Monitoring lab, two training rooms. Added to this are the workspaces shared with IFSTTAR: 530 m² of workshops and 30 m² of laboratories. At a stone’s throw from the mobiLAB, the Institute also has facilities alongside the test tracks. Hall A houses a power electronics lab, a Fab Lab dedicated to electric machines and another to autonomous vehicles. VEDECOM has developed the world’s only induction charging track and characterisation test bench for inductive research. It also has use of tracks for testing autonomous vehicles. The addition of a walkway linking the mobiLAB to the tracks and laboratories is planned for the near future. An outstanding facility to help accelerate the autonomous vehicle from fantasy to reality!

To find more about VEDECOM in 2018, read our article about Deep Tech Promoting Sustainable Mobility

 

 

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VEDECOM and BLUE2BGREEN become partners

An unprecedented training offer to support the electric mobility boom

The VEDECOM Institute and BLUE2BGREEN have joined forces in an unprecedented partnership in Europe to offer the most extensive range of training and consultancy in electric vehicle charging. The aim is to support the development of electric mobility, 2018 being a record year for electric vehicles with new registrations reaching over 25%1. This comprehensive and unique training offer is aimed at all electric mobility players, including authorities, operators, car manufacturers and infrastructure companies. Suitable for all profiles, from job seekers who are re-training to R&D engineers, it addresses every issue connected with vehicle charging.

From strategic vision to operating charging infrastructure
Through this collaboration, VEDECOM and BLUE2BGREEN wish to create a strong synergy to assist the electric mobility ecosystem with strategic issues, basic techniques, standards and regulations and decision-making tools in the field of vehicle charging. VEDECOM lends its expertise in strategic vision and the technical challenges, while BLUE2BGREEN contributes its own expertise in installation, deployment strategy and the sale of charging infrastructure. It is this combination of complementary expertise which is the strength of this unique partnership.

Clean mobility: clearing the way for the development of charging infrastructure
By training mobility players and facilitating the implementation of technological breakthroughs, VEDECOM and BLUE2BGREEN wish to play a part in the marketing of electric vehicles and equipment, accessible to as many people as possible. There are many issues connected with the development of these clean vehicles, including reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and improving urban air quality. Against this background, enhancing skills for the deployment of charging solutions is a strategic factor. Today there are 23,000 charging points in France available to all, spread throughout more than 10,000 stations2, and the French government is committed to installing 100,000 charging terminals available to all by 20223. Training the mobility players is therefore crucial.

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