VEDECOM stands out at the 22nd Intelligent Transport System world congress
The 22nd Intelligent Transport System world congress took place from 5 to 9 October and attracted more than 3,000 visitors. We look back on the official presentation of the VEDECOM Institute, which came out of the shadows to make itself known through a stand and four demonstrations.
An open and welcoming stand
A showcase for the Institute, VEDECOM's stand informed visitors of its three research programmes: Vehicle, Eco-Mobility and Training. It was an opportunity for those attending the congress to find out more about the ITE's different areas of research and to understand their importance. VEDECOM also took advantage of this forum to meet its members and to create future partnerships, in particular.
Four VEDECOM demonstrations
Over the course of the week, VEDECOM organised four demonstrations for the event's 10,000 visitors:
- VEDECOM's autonomous vehicle demonstrator, a dual mode electric vehicle (manual control and self-driving level 4), was one of the congress's biggest attractions, covering more than 1,000 km around Lac de Bordeaux (a route approximately 7 km in length) over the five days. In total, the autonomous vehicle demonstrator carried out 200 demonstrations.
- The European project, OPTICITIES, led by VEDECOM, offers a multimodal mobility scheduling service which interconnects a smartphone and a vehicle's on-board navigation system. Approximately 20 people a day sat behind the wheel to test the demonstrator.
- A demonstration on a microgrid and new battery charging systems presented an electric vehicle that supplies energy to a habitation module. The energy that is not used by the module is used to produce hydrogen (through a charging station) that powers a fleet of electric bicycles. Approximately 40 people a day learnt about energy storage and tested the hydrogen bicycles (in total, 250 people covered 435 km on eight bicycles).
- The connectivity platform, which provided a centralized management solution for the congress's 35 demonstrations, was also very popular at Topos' demo-lounge stand. It was an opportunity for visitors to see the various elements of the system live on a giant screen: vehicles, battery charging infrastructure, operating status of connected infrastructure, etc.
VEDECOM's first course is a resounding success
On Tuesday 13 October, on the premises of ESTACA, VEDECOM ran its first course: 'Civil liability and self-driving vehicles'.
Trainees from the public sector and industry
The day focused on legal matters associated with self-driving and, more specifically, the civil liability implications of self-driving. The participants came from various ministries as well as industrial groups that work with VEDECOM.
Training based on discussions and case studies
Iolande Vingiano*, the course leader, organised a series of interactive events that gave rise to an analysis of a case of usage, case studies and the consideration of laws and legal terminology.
The day was characterised by a relaxed atmosphere, fruitful discussions and genuine cooperation within the teams.
*A Doctor of Law, Iolande has been participating in the legal research behind VEDECOM's 'Eco-Mobility' programme since March 2014. Her role is to take stock of the body of regulations and laws that govern the issue of liability in the event of a road traffic accident and to examine the specific legal implications of self-driving vehicles.