The Mobena initiative accelerates the roll-out of new generation e-Mobility

Mobena harmonizes the deployment of new services for EV charging

May 17, 2021. The Mobena initiative was created in July 2020 by the main French professional organizations representing the electromobility ecosystem in the French market. The goal is to simplify the user experience by ensuring interoperability between charging systems and leading the way towards the deployment of a new generation of EV charging in the French market. The initiative now reaches two key milestones:

  1. the demonstration of an interoperability solution between multiple PKI (Public Key Infrastructure), organized with international partners of June 2nd, 2021. Learn more
  2. the kick-off of a collaborative project that gathers the e-Mobility actors and aims for ensuring a successful roll-out of the new EV charging services in the French market.


Towards an open and fair market with a reference architecture

The Mobena initiative’s objective is to ensure a successful deployment in the French market of the ISO 15118 services (Plug and Charge -PnC- and smart charging) in a harmonized way with Europe.

To do this, adopting a reference architecture, from technical and organizational point of view, is key. Such architecture shall ensure interoperability and enable an open and fair market between all EV actors and allow end-users and operators to freely select their providers.

A first technical feasibility verification

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In preparation for the event planned on June 2nd, the Mobena initiative partners tested the technical feasibility of the Certificate Trust List (CTL) as a solution for Plug and Charge (PnC) interoperability between multiple PKI.

On March 11th 2021, VEDECOM hosted a Workshop for this objective at mobiLAB with the contribution of Freshmile, GIREVE, Hager, Groupe Renault, Stellantis, SAP Labs, Thales et Trialog

About the Mobena initiative

The Mobena initiative was created in July 2020 by the main French professional organizations representing the electromobility ecosystem in the French market. The goal is to simplify the user experience by ensuring interoperability between charging systems and leading the way towards the deployment of a new generation of EV charging in the French market.

Coordinated by VEDECOM, the Mobena initiative committee regroups AFIREV, AVERE-France, PFA, GIMELEC, UFE and VEDECOM.

About twenty companies representing the different roles in the ecosystem have joined this initiative. The mission is to support the players of the EV charging ecosystem, operating in France, by defining the roadmap and the means to ensure a successful and harmonized deployment of the e-Mobility services. The Mobena project, which will be launched in July 2021 and extended to more partners, will particularly focus on integrating interoperability as an initial requirement and providing high added value services through a massive adoption of the ISO 15118 standard in a competitive and open market.

A particular focus will be put on Smart Charging, Plug and Charge and the implicated end-to-end system interfaces, including backend communication protocols (OCPP, OCPI…), PKI and cyber security. This for both AC and DC charging.

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For a clearer overview of the burgeoning world of new mobility solutions, the VEDECOM Institute is introducing M’OBS by VEDECOM Tech

Carpooling, carsharing, micromobility, apps, self-service equipment, etc. With the explosion in the range of new mobility solutions, it is becoming difficult for users to find their way. What are the different solutions? How relevant are they to a specific territory? How sustainable are they and what is their business model? Will they offer users an attractive and effective journey so that they soon become indispensable? To help the different ecosystem stakeholders to better understand their environment, VEDECOM presents the M’OBS by VEDECOM Tech solution, a new mobility solutions agency.

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VEDECOM presents ‘Marque ta Route’ (mark your road), a software programme that maintains road markings

The quality and reliability of road markings will play a key role in the safety of autonomous vehicles
following their introduction onto our roads. To prevent the non-detection of road markings, the
‘Marque ta Route’ project has come up with a range of tools for reliability analysis, and assistance with
replacing road signs. The software – a veritable highways management assistant – won the First Prize
for Innovation in the Buildings/Public Works/Highways category of the Grand Prix de l’Innovation of
the Salon des Maires et des Collectivités Locales.

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VEDECOM presents VEDETECT, a tool for analysing mobility flows in real time, helping to make the era of flexible transport a reality.

Gridlocked junctions, packed train stations, overcrowded buses… What if the secret to freeing up our cities lay in the real-time management of mobility flows and transport supply? This is what VEDETECT is banking on with the new solution from the VEDECOM Institute, which was a finalist of the Grand Prix de l’Innovation at the Salon des Maires et des Collectivités Locales. Tested with support from the Département des Yvelines, a network of smart sensors enables local communities to monitor traffic in real time, both to regulate it better and to help them to develop their transport policies.

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PROJECT HISTORY – Paving the way for hybrid, secure and cooperative communications

VEDECOM’s “New hybrid, secure and cooperative communications” team, led by Dr.-HdR. Oyunchimeg Shagdar and supported by a network of partners, undertakes research around secure communication channels between vehicles and their environment (V2X): a major issue for vehicles of the future. Interview with Ahmed Soua, a V2X-5G researcher, who agreed to tell us more about the team’s challenges and victories.

What does the project involve?

Our team is conducting research into the field of wireless vehicular communications (V2X): vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), vehicle-to-network (V2N), and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communications. We are working on their specifications and the design of both reliable and secure solutions. Our team consists of approximately twenty people who were trained in the fields of telecommunications, networks, computing, signal processing and embedded systems. Our research focuses on everything from the design of V2X communication solutions to their standardization, including the augmented perception brought by IoT and also cybersecurity with atypical pattern detection. To simulate the reliability and performance of hybrid communications, we have designed a demo platform that is being marketed by VEDECOM Tech.

What is at stake with this project?

Our goal is to identify and design optimal V2X communication solutions, while ensuring that they are agile and, above all, secure with respect to the flow of information which they carry, and which contributes to road safety. We must bring all stakeholders together around this one goal in order to define data exchange protocols.

The specific aspect of our activities is really to work collaboratively with an entire ecosystem of industrialists and academics: Renault, PSA, VALEO, ATOS, Marben, Transdev, YoGoKo, Neavia, Vinci Autoroutes, FARECO, ECE Paris, UVSQ, INRIA, System-X and also the UTAC CERAM.

What are the project’s main difficulties and challenges?

We have 5 main challenges. Of course, there is not only the matter of technology selection, but also the question of scalability, namely finding ways to prevent network congestion with increasing system load. There are interoperability and cybersecurity issues as well. Finally, there are data exchange issues relevant to cooperative insights: the aim here is to find a way to merge sensor data from different vehicles or roadside equipment with the data received and sent through wireless networks.

In the coming years, we will also face two further challenges. We will need to adapt 5G and integrate it into our research on hybrid communications.

What successes and high points have you encountered thus far?

We recently presented several demonstrations, which were all very successful. During the mobilité@VEDECOM day on 11 April 2019, we demonstrated the cooperation of two communication technologies via our simulation platform. The inauguration of the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab test on 15 May 2019 was also a very significant moment. It affirmed the importance and relevance of our work in terms of interoperability and facilities. For the first time and alongside our partners Renault and Transdev, we were able to present a comprehensive autonomous transport system that was fully functional thanks to the infrastructure. Finally, the HDR (accreditation to supervise research) of Oyunchimeg Shagdar, on 6 September 2018, which took place at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, was a highlight for our entire team: it represented a true recognition of our work and our research findings.

What does this project bring to the world of mobility?

We strive to promote our scientific output: not just demonstrations, but also prototypes, patents, publications, and participation in international conferences and workshops. We recently gave a demonstration of our platform simulation units at the inauguration of the TEQMO site,the UTAC-CERAM vehicle testing and certification centre.

Besides our members who have access to these findings, our commercial subsidiary VEDECOM Tech will be able to market this platform to any companies that might be interested. Designed by VEDECOM in partnership with Marben, it consists of some 40 units that simulate the behaviour of a connected vehicle in different use scenarios: it is used to test prototype vehicles on tracks, especially at UTAC-CERAM. It also contributes to the Institute’s progress on European projects, such as the 5G-MOBIX project, which unites over 50 partners to demonstrate 5G’s contribution to vehicular communications.


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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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